The Best — and Worst — States for Working Moms

The Best — and Worst — States for Working Moms

When it comes to balancing their lives, working moms can use all the help they can get.

So the state of Vermont deserves a big high-five for nabbing the top slot in WalletHub's 2017 Best & Worst States for Working Moms survey.

In fact, the entire east coast rocked it out, with eight states out of the top 10. If you've been thinking of a change of scenery, this may be the time!

The annual survey, which ranked all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, considered child care, including quality and cost; professional opportunities, such as median women's salary and the gender pay gap; plus work-life balance, from parental leave policy to average length of a work week and commute time.

Over 70% of moms with children younger than 18 are in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and — as unfair as it may be — the majority of household responsibilities still fall to the woman, even if she also works outside the home. That could be why women with children are more likely to be sleep-deprived, while their male counterparts sleep like babies, if babies actually slept.

And while these states can't take your place in those 4 a.m. feedings or pick your sick kid up from school, they may make things just a little easier. Here are the top 10 overall winners:

Best States for Working Moms

1. Vermont
2. Minnesota
3. New Jersey
4. Delaware
5. Connecticut
6. Massachusetts
7. Maine
8. Rhode Island
9. New York
10. Illinois

On the other hand, the south did not fare so well. Here are the 10 worst states:

Worst States for Working Moms

51. Alabama
50. Louisiana
49. Nevada
48. Arizona
47. Alaska
46. Mississippi
45. Idaho
44. New Mexico
43. West Virginia
42. Wyoming

Broken down by category, the winners are a little different — and sometimes surprising. New York took the prize for best day care systems, although it also ranked as one of the most expensive states for child care costs, as a percentage of the median women's income.

The lowest gender pay gap was in Hawaii, while the highest went to Wyoming. And South Dakota took the top spot for highest female-to-male executive ratio; Utah had the lowest.

Want to see how your state fares? Check out the full list here.

And no matter where you live, be sure to show your mom — and all of the moms in your life, for that matter — some Mother's Day love on May 14!


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