These are 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads


With Father’s Day approaching and nearly 93 percent of dads with young kids working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads.

In order to help dads balance their dual role as parent and provider, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 22 key indicators of friendliness toward working dads. The data set ranges from average length of work day for males to child-care costs to share of men in good or better health.

Best States for Working DadsWorst States for Working Dads
5New Jersey46Alabama
6Rhode Island47Louisiana
7Delaware48New Mexico
8Wisconsin49West Virginia
9District of Columbia50Nevada
10New Hampshire51Mississippi

Best vs. Worst

  • The District of Columbia has the highest median family* income (adjusted for cost of living), $98,156, which is 1.9 times higher than in Hawaii, registering the lowest at $51,442.
  • North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate for dads with kids aged 0 to 17, 1.22 percent, which is 5.4 times lower than in Nevada, registering the highest at 6.54 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest male uninsured rate, 4.5 percent, which is 4.8 times lower than in Texas, registering the highest at 21.5 percent.
  • Minnesota has the fewest deaths due to heart disease among males (per 100,000 men), 145.0, which is 1.9 times fewer than in Alabama, registering the most at 276.5.
  • Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs (adjusted for median family* income), 4.6 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Nevada, registering the highest at 12.3 percent.

*Refers to families with kids aged 0 to 17 and in which the father is present

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