The 15 best US states for working moms
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- This Mother's Day, learn more about which states in the US are the best about supporting working moms.
- Vermont topped WalletHub's 2018 rankings of the best states for working moms.
- The rankings weighed factors like the gender wage gap and childcare costs.
Personal finance site WalletHub decided to get in on the act by crunching the numbers to determine which states provide the best environments for working mothers.Advertisement
Mother's Day is here, which means that people across the US will be taking some time to celebrate their moms.
Working moms must juggle the responsibilities of both motherhood and the professional world. It's certainly no easy feat, but policies and work norms in some states make it a bit easier.
To find the best states for moms who work outside the home, WalletHub assigned each US state and Washington DC a score based on numerous factors, including women's median annual salary adjusted for the cost of living, daycare quality, the gender pay gap, childcare costs adjusted for the median women's salary, and the female unemployment rate. The rankings also assigned each state a parental leave policy score, based on this 2016 study from the National Partnership for Women and Families.To read more about the study's methodology, check out the full report here.
Here are the top 15 states for working mothers:
15. Indiana has a high number of nationally accredited childcare centers
14. Wisconsin has strong schoolsAdvertisement
13. California has one of the lowest gender pay gaps
12. Oregon women enjoy one of the shortest average work weeks in the countryAdvertisement
11. North Dakota is tied with Vermont to have the lowest female employment rate in the US
10. New York has the highest quality day caresAdvertisement
9. Delaware has quite a lot of pediatricians
8. New Jersey has quality school systemsAdvertisement
7. Maine has a favorable ratio of female-to-male executives
6. Rhode Island has a high number of pediatriciansAdvertisement
5. Connecticut has a comparatively lower share of families in poverty
4. DC has the most nationally accredited child care centersAdvertisement
3. Massachusetts has some of the best schools in the country
2. Minnesota has the highest median women’s salary (adjusted for inflation)Advertisement
1. Vermont has one of the lowest female unemployment rates in the US
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