Father's Day this past weekend was a time to reflect on dear old dad, and to thank him for more than the dad jokes and perfectly grilled burger. It was also a time to realize just how much parenting roles have changed in our country in a relatively short timespan. In 1960, 75 percent of American families relied on a single income (dad's), while today, two-thirds of family households depend on two incomes. And contemporary dads are not necessarily the breadwinners popping in at dinner time to say a quick hello to the fam.
Despite these changes, the majority of dads are still working outside the home, with 93% of men with children under the age of 18 being employed. 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 compared the 50 states and D.C. across 20 key indicators of friendliness toward working fathers, from average commute time to child-care costs and share of men who are physically fit. Turns out, DC. ranked as the fourth best stomping grounds for working dads!
D.C. was also recently ranked as the fourth best 'state' for working moms, according to another Wallethub study, despite the fact that working mommas in D.C. are paying more for child care services than women in any other state.
10 Best States for Working Dads
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
Virginia came in 14th on the list, and Maryland trailed at 20. It's interesting to note that last year, D.C. was ranked the 9th best place for working dads, while Virginia and Maryland were 12th and 16th respectively.
Here's how D.C. Stacked Up
- 1st – % of Physically Active Men
- 1st – Pediatricians Per Capita
- 1st – Share of Nationally Accredited Child Care Centers
- 2nd – Parental Leave Policy Score
- 3rd – Median Family Income (adjusted for cost of living)
- 4th – Male Uninsured Rate
- 13th – % of Kids Younger than 18 with Dad Present Living in Poverty
- 14th – Day-Care Quality
Areas that need improvement in D.C. would be our average commute time (8th worst in the country), child care costs (11th worst) and the quality of our state school system (4th worst).
You can see the full study here.