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Working Dads Should Live in These States

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In case you forgot, Father’s Day is this Sunday! Though we often focus on all the great working moms out there, we need to remember the dads, especially since 93 percent of them with young kids are working.

We have a long way to go with maternity leave, but we actually still have a very long way to go with paternity leave as well. A survey by Deloitte found that 36 percent of men said they would not take advantage of their paid parental leave benefits because they’re afraid it might jeopardize their position at work. Nearly 60 percent of men think that their parental leave could be seen as a lack of commitment to their jobs and 41 percent of all respondents think that taking paternity leave would mean they would miss out on opportunities at work.

However, in order to help dads balance their dual role as parent and provider, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 22 key indicators of friendliness toward working dads. The data set ranges from average length of work day for males to child-care costs to share of men in good or better health. Check out the full report here.

The 10 Best States for Working Dads are:

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

Some interesting findings from the report include:

  • The District of Columbia has the highest median family* income (adjusted for cost of living), $98,156, which is 1.9 times higher than in Hawaii, registering the lowest at $51,442.
  • North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate for dads with kids aged 0 to 17, 1.22 percent, which is 5.4 times lower than in Nevada, registering the highest at 6.54 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest male uninsured rate, 4.5 percent, which is 4.8 times lower than in Texas, registering the highest at 21.5 percent.
  • Minnesota has the fewest deaths due to heart disease among males (per 100,000 men), 145.0, which is 1.9 times fewer than in Alabama, registering the most at 276.5.
  • Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs (adjusted for median family* income), 4.6 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Nevada, registering the highest at 12.3 percent.


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