If you’ve been thinking that the cost of childcare in Nevada seems high, you’re not imagining it.
A list of the most expensive states for childcare just came out. And where Nevada ranked is shocking. Even for those of us who already know how expensive childcare is in our state.
The list was put together by Help Advisor. They compared the average numbers of both states as well as major cities in the United States. According to the study, families in the U.S. are spending an average of 27% of their household income on childcare. That is only 1% lower than the amount that Forbes advises should go toward families mortgages!
And while Nevada did land in the top five for the most expensive states for childcare, Las Vegas did not make the top five in Help Advisor’s breakdown of major cities. Those spots went to places with much higher costs of living. Including San Francisco, at $510.11 per week. Seattle, at $453.65 per week. Philadelphia, at $427.41 per week. New York, at $414.64 per week. And Boston, at $412.96 per week.
However, a study done by tootris.com did name Las Vegas as the most expensive city in Nevada for the cost of childcare in 2023. They broke down the costs based upon the age of the child. Every parent who has had to put their kid in childcare knows an infant costs more than an older child. In fact, most places I’ve used will charge extra until the child is potty-trained, regardless of age. Which makes sense. As it takes more work to change diapers and clean up accidents. Tootris reported that the average infant childcare cost in Las Vegas is $1,365!
Going back to Help Advisor’s study, we see that the national average of weekly childcare expenses in the country is $325.39.
Some of our neighboring states that fall at or below that amount include Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Which costs a weekly average of $307.82, $271.63 and $270.76, respectively. For the study, Help Advisor used information released in May of 2023 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
And when it comes to the most expensive states in the country for childcare, here’s the study’s top 10.