Moms juggling work and childcare might think twice before making a move down south.

By Blake Bakkila
May 08, 2017

It’s probably no coincidence that the most stressed out state is also the worst place for working moms. Alabama has topped yet another list for low scores when it comes to childcare, professional opportunities, and work-life balance—this time for working moms in particular.

According to a recent study by WalletHub, Alabama, Louisiana, and Nevada are the three worst states for working moms to live in 2017. Analysts compared 50 states and the District of Columbia across three dimensions: childcare, professional opportunities, and work life balance. Specifics within these umbrellas included weighted measures of the day-care quality and cost, pediatricians per capita, gender pay gap, ratio of female executives to male executives, and average length of the work week.

Though Mississippi didn’t break the bottom three, it has the highest share of single-mom families with children younger than 18 in poverty (51 percent), and the District of Columbia has the highest female unemployment rate (7.5 percent).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Vermont, Minnesota, and New Jersey ranked as the best places for working moms, respectively. Notable high scores showed New York has the highest day-care quality score, South Dakota has the highest ratio of female executives to male executives, and Virginia has the highest median salary for women.

The study used data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Child Care Aware of America, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Council for Community and Economic Research and National Partnership for Women & Families.

10 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

10 Worst States for Working Moms

  1. Alabama
  2. Louisiana
  3. Nevada
  4. Arizona
  5. Alaska
  6. Mississippi
  7. Idaho
  8. New Mexico
  9. West Virginia
  10. Wyoming

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