The United States was chosen one of the worst countries to raise a family in the world, occupying the 34th place in the total of 35 countries, surpassing only Mexico. This according to a study that only included 35 countries within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Family and travel expert page Asher & Lyric made a list comparing the world’s largest economies. In this, he took into account the indexes of security, happiness, cost, health, education and time.
The North American country obtained “F” for security, cost of living and work-life balance; while for health, it achieved a “D” and a “C” for happiness. On the other hand, Mexico obtained “F” in all its categories.
One of the situations that most impacted the United States is the cost of raising a family since the cost of childcare is much higher than in other countries.
“Parents with an average household income have to spend 31.79% of their income on childcare costs alone,” explains the page. Education in this country also ended in 12th place.
In addition to this, the balance between professional life and personal life is also very difficult to achieve. Working conditions do not take into account a person’s need for a vacation, and do not offer paid maternity.
“The United States is the only country on this list that does not require employers to offer a single day of paid maternity leave or paid vacation. All other countries offer comparatively generous paid maternity leave and paid vacations. A typical full-time employee in the US will receive 10 days of paid vacation per year, while most other countries receive approximately 30 days per year,” the site added.
Meanwhile, Mexico failed each of the statistics, but its worst points were security and education.
“Although many parts of Mexico are relatively safe, especially tourist destinations, there is also widespread violence and corruption that affect many of its citizens. The homicide rate in Mexico has increased every year since 2014 and recent statistics show that there are 34.1 homicides per 100,000 people, the highest number on the list,” explains the page.
In comparison, Iceland has had 37 murders in the past 20 years, and 10 shootings in the schools shooting in the past.
According to those who made the list despite the optimism of Mexicans, levels of violence and excessive poverty are the main causes of unhappiness. This given that the inhabitants of this country have a low personal sense of security; and where the top 20% of the population earn more than 10 times more than the bottom 20%.
In addition to this, depending on the area in which Mexican lives, the quality range of hospitals varies greatly. Education also has many flaws since the percentage that attends primary school is 90% of children, however, only 25.9% attend university.
On the other hand, the Nordic countries such as Iceland, Norway and Sweden took the first three places.