WalletHub Study: 2015’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads

With Father’s Day approaching and nearly 93 percent of dads with kids younger than 18 in the labor force in 2014, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis on the Best & Worst States for Working Dads.

In order to help dads balance their dual role as parent and provider, 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. We did so using 20 key metrics, which range from the unemployment rate for dads with kids younger than 18 to male life expectancy to day care quality.

Best States for Working Dads Worst States for Working Dads
1 Minnesota 42 Arizona
2 New Hampshire 43 Idaho
3 Massachusetts 44 Alabama
4 Vermont 45 Alaska
5 New Jersey 46 New Mexico
6 Virginia 47 Louisiana
7 Wisconsin 48 West Virginia
8 Maryland 49 Arkansas
9 Utah 50 Nevada
10 Connecticut 51 Mississippi

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.
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