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Best & Worst States for Working Dads in 2024 – WalletHub Study

Best & Worst States for Working Dads in 2024

UNDATED – With Father’s Day approaching and around 94.1% of married dads working compared to 72.7% of married moms, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on Best & Worst States for Working Dads in 2024, as well as expert commentary.

In order to help dads balance their dual roles as parent and provider, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 21 key indicators of friendliness toward working dads. The data set ranges from the average length of the work day for men to child care costs to the share of men in good or better health.

Best States for Working Dads Worst States for Working Dads
1. Massachusetts 42. South Carolina
2. District of Columbia 43. Arizona
3. Connecticut 44. Arkansas
4. New Jersey 45. Alabama
5. Minnesota 46. Louisiana
6. Rhode Island 47. Oklahoma
7. Wisconsin 48. Nevada
8. New Hampshire 49. Mississippi
9. Illinois 50. West Virginia
10. Virginia 51. New Mexico

Best vs. Worst

  • South Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate for dads with kids aged 0 to 17 which is 3.5 times lower than in West Virginia, the highest.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest male uninsured rate which is 5.6 times lower than in Texas, the highest.
  • South Dakota has the lowest average annual early child-care costs (adjusted for median family income) which is 2.5 times lower than in New York, the highest.
  • Vermont has the lowest share of men who couldn’t afford to see a doctor in the past year because of costs which is 2.4 times lower than in Arkansas, the highest.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:

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