The Best and Worst States for Working Moms

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With Mother’s Day around the corner and more than 70 percent of moms with young children working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.

In order to help ease the burden on “Women Who Work,” particularly moms, WalletHub’s analysts compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to a working mother based on 13 key metrics. The data set ranges from median women’s salary to female unemployment rate to day-care quality.


Best States for Working Moms Worst States for Working Moms
1 Vermont                42 Wyoming
2 Minnesota             43 West Virginia
3 New Jersey           44 New Mexico
4 Delaware               45 Idaho
5 Connecticut           46 Mississippi
6 Massachusetts      47 Alaska
7 Maine                  48 Arizona
8 Rhode Island         49 Nevada
9 New York               50 Louisiana
10 Illinois                  51 Alabama

Best vs. Worst
New York has the highest day-care quality score, 116, which is five times better than in Idaho, registering the lowest at 23.

Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs as a share of the median women’s salary, 9.87 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in the District of Columbia, registering the highest at 26.70 percent.

The District of Columbia has the most pediatricians per 100,000 residents, 52.51, which is 28.2 times more than in Idaho, registering the fewest at 1.86.

South Dakota has the highest ratio of female executives to male executives, 79.39 percent, which is 3.1 times higher than in Utah, registering the lowest at 25.81 percent.

Maryland has the lowest share of single-mom families with children younger than 18 in poverty, 26.5 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, registering the highest at 51.0 percent.

Virginia has the highest median women’s salary (adjusted for cost of living), $42,814, which is 1.9 times higher than in Hawaii, registering the lowest at $22,645.

North Dakota has the lowest female unemployment rate, 2.4 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in the District of Columbia, registering the highest at 7.5 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-working-moms/3565/