Every state in the U.S. has its pros and cons. Some have fantastic weather but high taxes. Others have a low cost of living but lack infrastructure. But when it comes to working moms, not all states are equal.
Access to quality childcare, commute time, and economic security (just to name a few) can impact a working mother’s present and future career choices. A recent study by WalletHub that identifies the Best and Worst States for Working Moms found that working mothers’ access to professional opportunities and support in reaching their career goals varies across the country.
How the States Were Analyzed
WalletHub gathered and analyzed data from a variety of sources, including the following:
Then the researchers examined three categories—child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance—for working mothers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Within each of these categories, the study ranked and weighted 17 subcategories (listed below). Each subcategory could earn up to 100 points, with 100 being the best possible score. WalletHub then calculated a weighted average across all the categories and subcategories and used the total score to rank each state.
Here is the detailed breakdown of each category and subcategory.
- Daycare quality
- Childcare costs
- Pediatricians per capita
- School system quality
- Share of nationally accredited childcare centers
- Number of childcare workers per total number of children
- Gender pay gap (a woman’s earning as a percentage of a man’s)
- Ratio of female to male executives
- Median salary for women
- Number of working women living with economic security (defined as having enough income to meet basic monthly expenses while saving for emergencies and retirement)
- Share of families in poverty
- Female unemployment rate
- Gender gap in different economic sectors
- WalletHub’s “Best States for Working from Home” Rank
- Parental leave policy (by state, not company)
- Average work week length for women
- Average commute time for women
What Are the Best and Worst States for Working Moms?
Flexible work options, like working from home, can help ease the burden on working moms. While access to quality childcare or pediatricians is important no matter where you live, when you work at home, commuting is one less thing (and one less burden) to worry about!
Below are the 10 best and 10 worst states for working mothers. Click on the state names to find remote and flexible job listings for each state.
The 10 Best States for Working Moms
The 10 Worst States for Working Moms
Easing the Strain
Being a working mother has never been easy. And though the pandemic has increased the burden on all parents, if there’s one silver lining, it’s that the global health crisis has shined a light on the need for work flexibility.
If you’re ready to connect with an employer that offers flexible work options for everyone, check out our database. Updated with new postings every day, you can find a job near you, or opportunities that can be done anywhere in the US or from anywhere in the world!
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