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 2018’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads.
In order to help dads balance their dual role as parent and provider, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 20 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 Dads||Worst States for Working Dads|
|4||District of Columbia||45||Arkansas|
|7||Rhode Island||48||New Mexico|
|10||New Hampshire||51||West Virginia|
Best vs. Worst
- Minnesota has the highest median family* income (adjusted for cost of living), $95,483, which is two times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at $47,631.
- North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate for dads with kids aged 0 to 17, 1.00 percent, which is 5.4 times lower than in Nevada, the highest at 5.36 percent.
- Massachusetts has the lowest male uninsured rate, 4.10 percent, which is 4.9 times lower than in Texas, the highest at 20.10 percent.
- Mississippi has the lowest average annual early child-care costs (adjusted for median family* income), 4.57 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in New Mexico, the highest at 11.94 percent.
- Hawaii has the lowest percentage of men who couldn’t afford to see a doctor in the past year because of costs, 6.54 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 16.50 percent.
*Refers to families with kids aged 0 to 17 and in which the father is present