10 Best & Worst States For Working Moms


With Mothers Day less than a week away and women making up roughly half of the American labor force, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.

In order to help ease the burden on an underappreciated segment of the population, WalletHub analyzed the attractiveness of each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to a working mother. We did so using 12 key metrics such as median women’s salary, female unemployment rate and day care quality rankings.

Best States for Working Moms Worst States for Working Moms
1 Vermont 42 Oklahoma
2 Minnesota 43 North Carolina
3 Wisconsin 44 West Virginia
4 New Hampshire 45 Georgia
5 Massachusetts 46 Arkansas
6 Washington 47 Nevada
7 North Dakota 48 Alabama
8 Maine 49 Mississippi
9 Virginia 50 South Carolina
10 Ohio 51 Louisiana

Key Stats

  • Day care quality is five times better in New York than in Idaho.
  • Child care costs (adjusted for the median woman’s salary) are two times higher in the District of Columbia than in Tennessee.
  • Pediatric services are 12 times more accessible in Vermont than in New Mexico.
  • The ratio of female to male executives is three times higher in Alabama than in Utah.
  • The percentage of single-mom families in poverty is two times higher in Mississippi than in Alaska.
  • The median women’s salary (adjusted for cost of living) is two times higher in Virginia than in Hawaii.
  • The female unemployment rate is four times higher in Nevada than in North Dakota.

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