Upside? The work-life balance. Downside? It’s cold.

By Liz Steelman
Updated May 03, 2016
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If you’re looking to start a career and a family, you might want to head north. According to new research from, Vermont is the best state for working moms.

For the study, the personal finance site collected data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Partnership for Women & Families for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their analysts then compared the states, looking at three key dimensions: childcare, such as daycare quality and cost; professional opportunities, like the average woman’s salary and the pay gap; and work-life balance, measured by parental leave options and the average work week.

The Green Mountain state took the top prize because of its high-quality, low-cost childcare (first in the nation) and professional opportunities for working women (second). Minnesota, Connecticut, North Dakota, and Massachusetts rounded out the top five list.

The worst place to be a working mom? Nevada. Though it offers an average number of career advancement opportunities, it ranks 49th in childcare and 45th in work life balance. Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Alaska were also on the list of the worst places.

Not ready to uproot your family and career? Here, an unflappable working mom shares her secrets on how to keep the day-to-day chaos at bay.