These Are the Best and Worst States for Working Moms
You'll be surprised at which state earned the top spot.
Women now make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce. For the 71.5 percent of working mothers who have children under the age of 18, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, location can make a big difference in easing the stress of their day-to-day lives. And thanks to a report released on Tuesday from the financial website WalletHub, working moms now know where to flock to and where to stay away from.
WalletHub's report of the best and worst states for working moms in 2019 based its finding on a variety of metrics—cost and availability of child care, the quality and availability of day care, parental leave policies, the number of pediatricians in the area, the wage gap, the female unemployment rate, the average length of a woman's work day and commute, and the number of working mothers who feel financially secure.
While the cost of childcare in Massachusetts may be relatively high, it still earned the top spot as the best state for working moms in 2019. It scored first place in child care, most likely due to the quality of both the schools and the healthcare. It also won first place for work-life balance, thanks to a good job market and a slightly shorter-than-average work week. It was followed by Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont—all of which made the top seven on WalletHub's 2018 ranking—indicating that New England is the best region for working mothers in the U.S. overall.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Deep South contained most of the worst states for working moms. The bottom three were South Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana, which came in last place on WalletHub's ranking. While some of these states had the lowest child care costs, they also scored low for quality. Alabama—which was recently named the most stressed state in America due to a high poverty rate, high divorce rate, and lack of housing affordability—had one of the lowest ratios of female executives in the country. And Louisiana and South Carolina had some of the highest gender pay gaps across the board.
And for more stories proving the working mom struggle is very real, check out 33 Things No One Tells You About Being a Working Mom.
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