What Makes These 10 States So Great for Working Dads

So what sets these states apart?
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Jun 2017
Dad working at computer with baby
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We don’t have to tell you: nowadays, men are rarely a family’s only breadwinner. In fact, half of all heterosexual married households involve both parents working. But depending on what state you live in, some dads have it a lot better than others when it comes to that elusive work-life balance we seem to talk about a lot.

Just a month after releasing the best states for working moms, WalletHub is back with the same data for dads. While ‘provider’ still remains a central part of a father’s role—93 percent of dads with kids under age 18 are employed—WalletHub sought to determine the best states for men aiming to play a dual role of parent and provider. And that means looking at 22 different considerations, from average workday length and income to life expectancy and heart disease.

The factor that was weighted most heavily? Parental leave policy. And with good reason; the amount of paid leave—if any—available to dads varies widely by company (and only 9 percent of US companies offer paid paternity leave). Only three states—California, New Jersey and Rhode Island—currently offer paid parental and medical leave.

Still, other factors beyond parental leave come into play when determining the best overall state for a working dad, ranging from child care and school system quality to affordability of doctor’s appointments. Without further ado, here are the best states for working dads this year:

  1. Connecticut
  2. Minnesota
  3. Vermont
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Jersey
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Delaware
  8. Wisconsin
  9. DC
  10. New Hampshire

Wondering if there’s any common ground for the two of you? Seven states: Vermont, Minnesota, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island all make the top 10 states for both working moms and dads.

To see where your state ranks overall and based on each individual metric, visit WalletHub.com and check out the table.

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