These Are The Best And Worst States For Working Moms To Settle In

May 14, 2017  |  

On Mother’s Day, we salute all the working mothers across the world for all that you do. And we all know, when it comes to holding down a career, children, and everything else that life throws our way on a daily basis things get tough. Not to mention, your geographical location can play a major factor from rent and mortgage rates to professional opportunities and pay wages.

In a recent study conducted by  Wallethub, experts found the best and worst states for working mothers. To configure, analysts compared the 50 states and District of Columbia based on three elements: childcare, professional opportunities and work-life balance.

Results proved that Vermont, Minnesota and New Jersey are the top three states for working moms, with Nevada, Louisiana and Alabama ranking as the worst.

Interestingly enough, this study continues the discussion of women’s equality in the workplace, taking into account childcare costs and the female executive to male executive ratio. As many of us already know, across the U.S. women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. The study also points out that on average, women are losing more than $840 billion each year due to the wage gap.

The statistics are even more staggering for black women, as full-time employees are being paid 48-69 cents for every dollar paid to a white male. However, if the wage gap was nonexistent, on average, a black woman would earn enough money for approximately 2.5 more years of childcare, three years of more food for her family and almost two dozen more months of rent.

See the breakdown of statistics below.

 

 

 

Best States For Working Mothers:

Vermont

Minnesota

New Jersey

Delaware

Connecticut

 

Worst States For Working Mothers: 

Alabama

Louisiana

Nevada

Arizona

Alaska

 

Best Day Care Systems:

New York

Washington

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Texas

 

Worst Day Care Systems: 

Alabama

Louisiana

California

Nebraska

Idaho

Lowest Child-Care Costs:

Mississippi

South Carolina

Louisiana

South Dakota

Alabama

 

Highest Child-Care Costs:

New York

Alaska

Nevada

Rhode Island

District of Columbia

 

Lowest Gender Pay Gap:

Hawaii

District of Columbia

Florida

Delaware

New York

 

Highest Gender Pay Gap:

Alaska

Louisiana

Alabama

Utah

North Dakota

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