Working 9-to-5, what a way to make a living—especially when you’ve got kids at home!

A new study from WalletHub aimed to determine the best (and worst) states for working mothers, and the results might surprise you. Read on for all the details! 

To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Child Care, 2) Professional Opportunities and 3) Work-Life Balance. Moms in The Bay State are in luck, as Massachusetts snagged the top spot and ranked almost five points higher than D.C., the next best on the list. The top 10 states are:

  1. Massachusetts (65.12 total score)
  2. District of Columbia (60.63)
  3. Connecticut (60.28)
  4. Vermont (59.72)
  5. Minnesota (58.55)
  6. Rhode Island (57.32)
  7. Wisconsin (55.04)
  8. New Jersey (54.66)
  9. New York (54.16)
  10. Washington (51.57)

And the worst, based on the WalletHub metrics:

  1. Alaska (37.52)
  2. West Virginia (37.06)
  3. Arkansas (36.75)
  4. New Mexico (35.14)
  5. Oklahoma (34.81)
  6. Nevada (32.85)
  7. South Carolina (31.80)
  8. Mississippi (31.50)
  9. Idaho (30.06)
  10. Alabama (29.68)
  11. Louisiana (26.69)

The study found that New York ranks tops for best day-care systems, Mississippi has the lowest childcare costs (as a percentage of median women’s income), and the District of Columbia has both the lowest gender pay gap and highest female-executive-to-male-executive ratio. On the flip side, Nebraska had the highest childcare costs, Wyoming had the highest gender pay gap, and Utah had the lowest female-executive-to-male-executive ratio. 

While you might not be packing your bags after surveying this list, the study is timely—nearly 66% of moms with children under age 18 were working in 2020 and unemployment has not decreased to pre-pandemic levels. You can find more specific data for your locale at Wallethub and don’t be afraid to contact your state and local government to lobby for positive change!

—Sarah Shebek


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