10 Best U.S. States for Working Moms

Published: May 05, 2016

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May 5, 2016
By WalletHub

With Mother’s Day less than a week away and solo moms with young children constituting nearly three-quarters of all working women, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.

In order to help ease the burden on an underappreciated segment of the population, WalletHub’s analysts compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to a working mother. WalletHub did so be using 13 key metrics such as median women’s salary, female unemployment rate and day-care quality.

Scoring the top spot is Vermont, followed by Minnesota and Connecticut ranked third best state for working moms.

Top 10 Best States for Working Moms
RANK
STATE
HOTBED
EXAMPLE EMPLOYER
1
Vermont
Pharm Country
Mylan Tech
2
Minnesota
BioMidwest
AstraZeneca
3
Connecticut
Pharm Country
Pfizer
4
North Dakota
BioMidwest
Aldevron
5
Massachusetts
Genetown
Jounce Therapeutics
6
Illinois
BioMidwest
Novo Nordisk
7
Wisconsin
BioMidwest
Catalent Pharma
8
Colorado
Rocky Bio
MedImmune
9
Kansas
BioMidwest
Ceva Biomune
10
New Jersey
Pharm Country
Celgene

Comparing the Best & Worst:
New York has the highest day-care quality score, 116, which is five times better than in Idaho, the state with the lowest, 23.

Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs as a share of the median women’s salary, 12 percent, which is more than two times lower than in Florida, the state with the highest, 27 percent.

The District of Columbia has the most pediatricians per 100,000 residents, 48.92, which is nearly 18 times more than in Wisconsin, the state with the fewest, 2.79.

The District of Columbia has the highest ratio of female executives to male executives, 65.43 percent, which is nearly three times higher than in Utah, the state with the lowest, 25.51 percent.

Maryland has the lowest percentage of single-mom families with children younger than 18 in poverty, 26.1 percent, which is two times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest, 51.3 percent.

Virginia has the highest median women’s salary (adjusted for cost of living), $45,452, which is two times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest, $22,792.

North Dakota has the lowest female unemployment rate, 2.8 percent, which is three times lower than in the District of Columbia, which has the highest, 8.4 percent.

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