Survey: These are the best and worst states for working dads

Father’s Day is almost upon us, and recent data shows that fathers who work in some states may have more success.

New research from WalletHub shows that Connecticut is the best state for working fathers this year, with a “total score” of 72.58 out of 100.

WalletHub analyzed “the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across four key dimensions: 1) Economic & Social Well-Being, 2) Work-Life Balance, 3) Child Care and 4) Health” and evaluated 20 key metrics of friendliness toward working fathers using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Source: WalletHub


The best states for working fathers

  • 1. Connecticut (total score: 72.58)
  • 2. Minnesota (total score: 72.44)
  • 3. Massachusetts (total score: 68.12)
  • 4. District of Columbia (total score: 68.05)
  • 5. Vermont (total score: 66.12)

The worst states for working fathers

  • 47. Idaho (total score: 38.86)
  • 48. New Mexico (total score: 37.79)
  • 49. Nevada (total score: 36.62)
  • 50. Mississippi (total score: 36.17)
  • 51. West Virginia (total score: 35.69)

How the states stack up to each other

Some states are better for childcare, median family income, unemployment rates, average workday lengths for men and more. Here’s a look at how the states fared:

Advice for young dads in the workforce

Joseph Vandello, Professor and Area Director of Cognition, Neuroscience, and Social Program at the University of South Florida, told WalletHub how young dads can manage both their families and jobs.

“Striking that balance can be difficult when the system is set up to reward complete devotion to work, and corporate and government policies protecting families are lacking. But men should be thinking about their priorities the moment they begin looking for jobs (or even before, when considering the type of career for which they will train),” he told the site. “If work-life balance is a priority, they might do some research to see what types of policies potential employers have in place to promote balance. They might ask themselves if this is something they would be willing to negotiate? But there are of course risks to signaling a commitment to work-life balance at the onset.”