10 best and worst states for working dads

Image credit: FILE - In this May 18, 2014 photo, Troy Johnson, 30, of Philadelphia, holds his daughter, Isabella, 4, after visiting the American Museum of Natural History with his son Wayne, 7 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – With Father’s Day just around the corner, WalletHub analyzed the best and worst states for working dads.

Studies have shown dads are taking a more active role at home with every passing year. According to the analysis, 60 percent of households depend on two incomes.

WalletHub reviewed a number of factors to come up with its rankings including work-life balance, health conditions, financial well-being and environments for raising children. Overall, 20 key areas were analyzed. Others included day care quality, male life expectancy, and the unemployment rate for dads with kids younger than 18.

Best states for working dads (including the District of Columbia):

  • 1. Minnesota
  • 2. New Hampshire
  • 3. Massachusetts
  • 4. Vermont
  • 5. New Jersey
  • 6. Virginia
  • 7. Wisconsin
  • 8. Maryland
  • 9. Utah
  • 10. Connecticut

Worst states for working dads (including the District of Columbia)

  • 41. California
  • 42. Arizona
  • 43. Idaho
  • 44. Alabama
  • 45. Alaska
  • 46. New Mexico
  • 47. Louisiana
  • 48. West Virginia
  • 49. Arkansas
  • 50. Nevada
  • 51. Mississippi

Michigan ranked 35th overall, coming in 19th place for work-life balance, but 39th for child care.


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