Here's Where Working Dads Should—and Shouldn't—Live

The 10 best and worst states to be a dad while holding down a job
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2017 12:07 PM CDT
Updated Jun 14, 2017 12:12 PM CDT
10 Best and Worst States for Working Dads
According to one ranking, Connecticut is the best state in the US in which to be a working dad.   (Getty Images/monkeybusinessimages)

Nearly 93% of American men with children under 18 also work. So what are the best states in which to hold down a job while also being a dad? WalletHub looks at 22 "key indicators"—including unemployment rates for dads, male life expectancy, child-care costs, and average workday length—to rank all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst:


  1. Connecticut
  2. Minnesota
  3. Vermont
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Jersey
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Delaware
  8. Wisconsin
  9. District of Columbia
  10. New Hampshire
  1. Mississippi
  2. Nevada
  3. West Virginia
  4. New Mexico
  5. Louisiana
  6. Alabama
  7. Idaho
  8. Arkansas
  9. Georgia
  10. Arizona
See the full rankings here. (More fatherhood stories.)

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