With Mother’s Day less than a week away and solo moms with young children making up nearly three-quarters of all working women, it's nice to know that Connecticut came in number three out of all 50 states as being one of the best states for working mom, according to an in-depth analysis by the personal-finance website WalletHub.com.
In order to help ease the burden on an under-appreciated segment of the population, WalletHub’s analysts compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to a working mother. They did so using 13 key metrics such as median women’s salary, female unemployment rate and day-care quality.
Best States for Working Moms Worst States for Working Moms
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
Some fun facts uncovered during the analysis:
- New York has the highest day-care quality score, 116, which is five times better than in Idaho, the state with the lowest, 23.
- Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs as a share of the median women’s salary, 12 percent, which is more than two times lower than in Florida, the state with the highest, 27 percent.
- The District of Columbia has the most pediatricians per 100,000 residents, 48.92, which is nearly 18 times more than in Wisconsin, the state with the fewest, 2.79.
- Maryland has the lowest percentage of single-mom families with children younger than 18 in poverty, 26.1 percent, which is two times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest, 51.3 percent.
- Virginia has the highest median women’s salary (adjusted for cost of living), $45,452, which is two times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest, $22,792.
- North Dakota has the lowest female unemployment rate, 2.8 percent, which is three times lower than in the District of Columbia, which has the highest, 8.4 percent.
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