With Father's Day just around the corner, we've been thinking about dear old dad a lot! And boy have the expectations for dads changed these days. According to Pew Research, "fathers who live with their children are taking a more active role in caring for them and helping out around the house." More and more households are dual-income families, with mom and dad expected to share the household duties along with their paid work. But Wallethub discovered that not all working dads have an even playing field, and that where they lived dramatically affected their access to economic opportunities and quality of life.
In order to determine the best states for men who play a dual role of parent and provider, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 22 key indicators of friendliness toward working fathers. Our data set ranges from average length of work day for males to child-care costs to share of men in good or better health.
Overall, D.C. scored 7th best in work-life balance, 17th in economic and social well-being. 18th in health and 30th in child care, for an overall score of 9th best place for working dads.
Here's how D.C. stacked up:
- We have the highest median family income
- We have the highest number of pediatricians per 100,000 residents
- We have the highest number of urologists per 100,000 men
- We have the highest share of men in good or better health
- We have the lowest male suicide rate
- We have the 2nd highest parental-leave policy score
- We have the 2nd highest share of physically active men
- We have the 4th lowest uninsured men
But you know where we don't rank so high? We have the 10th worst unemployment rate for dads with kids aged 0-17, 5th worst average freshman graduation rate for men, 8th worst average commute time for men, 9th worst child-care costs, 4th worst quality of the state school system, 4th worst men's life expectancy and the 7th worst prostate cancer rate. Definitely some important areas to improve!
Virginia and Maryland aren't too far behind their D.C. neighbors ranking 12th and 16th respectively for working dads. You can see all the state rankings below by hovering over a state on the map.
For the full report, visit Wallethub online.