Can Women Have It All? Here Are the 10 Best States for Working Moms

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Can women really have it all? Can they be the masters of their domains -- at home, at work and still get some "me-time" in between? Well, it depends on where you live. In some states, having it all is easier than in others. 

Many books have been written about the subject. Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" addresses how women can empower themselves to truly achieve all of their goals, both at the office and in their personal lives.

Still, it's easier said than done. A new report by personal finance Web site WalletHub, identified states where having it all was "easier" than others. The report took into account 12 metrics most necessary for a working mother's life. The metrics were categorized in three areas: child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance.

Specific issues the report analyzed were a state's day-care and child care expenses; pay gap between women's earnings and those of men; percentage of families in poverty; and other issues like average commute times and average length of workday.

Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Child Care Aware of America, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Partnership for Women & Families and WalletHub Research.

Here are the 10 best states for moms to have it all. And when you're done be sure to check out the worst states for working mothers.


10. Ohio
Child care rank: 15
Professional opportunities rank: 23
Work-life balance rank: 13

With 11.6 million residents, Ohio was named the tenth best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

A second unrelated report by financial education resource NerdWallet, ranked two cities in Ohio -- Columbus and Cincinnati -- in the top 20 best cities for working women based on women's wages, cost of living, unemployment rates and labor force participation rates.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 5.1% in March, lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it a good state for workers to look for jobs.

Note: The unemployment numbers cited here and for every state are as of March 2015.

9. Virginia
Child care rank: 1
Professional opportunities rank: 6
Work-life balance rank: 49

With 8.3 million residents, Virginia was named the ninth best state for working mothers by WalletHub. It's also the No. 1 state in terms of child care. 

The state reported an unemployment rate of 4.8% in March, lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning it's a great job market for employees.


8. Maine
Child care rank: 31
Professional opportunities rank: 9
Work-life balance rank: 5

With 1.3 million residents, Maine was named the eighth best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 4.8% in March, lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning it's a great job market for workers.

7. North Dakota
Child care rank: 7
Professional opportunities rank: 19
Work-life balance rank: 14

With nearly 800,000 residents, North Dakota was named the seventh best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.1% in March, lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it an excellent state for job opportunities.


6. Washington
Child care rank: 16
Professional opportunities rank: 14
Work-life balance rank: 12

With nearly 7.1 million residents, Washington State was named the sixth best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

That said, the state reported an unemployment rate of 5.9% in March, above than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Washington is the only state on the top 10 list that reported unemployment numbers higher than the national average.

5. Massachusetts
Child care rank: 5
Professional opportunities rank: 10
Work-life balance rank: 22

With roughly 6.7 million residents, Massachusetts was named the fifth best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 4.8% in March, lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it a good state for finding jobs.


4. New Hampshire
Child care rank: 4
Professional opportunities rank: 8
Work-life balance rank: 31

With roughly 1.3 million residents, New Hampshire was named the fourth best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.9% in March, much lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it an excellent state for job opportunities.

3. Wisconsin
Child care rank: 16
Professional opportunities rank: 15
Work-life balance rank: 5

With roughly 5.8 million residents, Wisconsin was named the third best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 4.6% in March, lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it a good state for jobs.


2. Minnesota
Child care rank: 11
Professional opportunities rank: 5
Work-life balance rank: 8

With roughly 5.5 million residents, Minnesota was named the second best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.7% in March, much lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it a great state for job opportunities.


1. Vermont
Child care rank: 12
Professional opportunities rank: 2
Work-life balance rank: 4

With roughly 630,000 residents, Vermont was named the best state for working mothers by WalletHub.

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.8% in March, lower than the national average of 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it a great state for job opportunities.

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