Father’s Day: These states are the Best and Worst for Working Dads

Father trying to work while holding baby

Father trying to work while holding baby

As we approach Father’s Day, it’s a good time to share this recent Wallet Hub report showcasing the best and worst states for Working Dads. Right now, nearly 93 percent of dads with kids younger than 18 were in the labor force in 2014.

WalletHub analyzed the work-life balance, health conditions, financial well-being and child-rearing environments for working dads in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It used  20 key metrics, which range from the unemployment rate for dads with kids younger than 18 to male life expectancy to day care quality.

Here are the final results:

Best States for Working DadsWorst States for Working Dads
2New Hampshire43Idaho
5New Jersey46New Mexico
7Wisconsin48West Virginia

Other Key Stats

  • The median income for families (dad present) with kids younger than 18 adjusted for cost of living is two times higher in the District of Columbia than in Hawaii.
  • The unemployment rate for dads with kids younger than 18 is seven times higher in Nevada than in North Dakota.
  • The percentage of dads with kids younger than 18 living in poverty is four times higher in New Mexico than in New Hampshire.
  • The rate of uninsured men is five times higher in Texas than in Massachusetts.
  • The mortality rate due to heart disease (per 100,000 men) is two times higher in Alabama than in Colorado.
  • The cost of child care adjusted for the median income for families (dad present) is two times higher in New York than in Louisiana.


For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit:


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