10 Best States to Live In if You're a Hard-Working Dad

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Being a dad is hard work no matter where you live, but there are some states that make the role easier than others.

By analyzing aspects such as work-life balance trends, health conditions, unemployment rates and child-rearing environments among 20 key metrics, WalletHub, identified best and worst states for fathers with full-time jobs.

In the states, "where economic opportunity abounds and quality of life is emphasized, dads have it better than others," the WalletHub report said.

Check out the 10 best states for working dads. And when you're done check out the 10 worst states for working dads.

Sources used by WalletHub: U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Partnership for Women & Families, the American Urological Association, the Social Science Research Council, Child Care Aware and WalletHub research.

 

 

10. Connecticut
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 14

Health Rank: 5
Work-Life Balance Rank: 9
Child Care Rank: 21

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6% for May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be somewhat hard to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

Connecticut had the second lowest percentage of kids younger than 18 living in poverty.

 

 

9. Utah
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 12

Health Rank: 24
Work-Life Balance Rank: 10
Child Care Rank: 13

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.5% for May, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be easier to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

Utah had the third lowest unemployment rate for dads with children under 18. Utah tied with California for the state with the third highest men's life expectancy. It also tied with Nevada for the states with the fifth lowest average hours worked per day among men.

 

 


8. Maryland
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 5

Health Rank: 8
Work-Life Balance Rank: 41
Child Care Rank: 6

The state reported an unemployment rate of 5.3% for May, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be somewhat easier to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

Maryland had the third highest median income for family with kids younger than 18. It also had the third lowest percentage of dads with children under 18 living in poverty.

 

 

7. Wisconsin
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 13

Health Rank: 18
Work-Life Balance Rank: 5
Child Care Rank: 14

The state reported an unemployment rate of 4.6% for May, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be somewhat easier to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

 

 

6. Virginia
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 2

Health Rank: 7
Work-Life Balance Rank: 46
Child Care Rank: 2

The state reported an unemployment rate of 4.9% for May, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be easier to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

Virginia had the second highest median income for family with kids younger than 18.

 

 

 

5. New Jersey
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 4

Health Rank: 17
Work-Life Balance Rank: 29
Child Care Rank: 1

The state reported an unemployment rate of 6.5% for May, according to the BLS, higher than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be harder to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

 

 

 

4. Vermont
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 17

Health Rank: 2
Work-Life Balance Rank: 2
Child Care Rank: 16

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.6% for May, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be easier to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

Vermont had the fifth highest life expectancy among men. It also had the fourth lowest male uninsured rate.

 

 

 

 

3. Massachusetts
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 8

Health Rank: 1
Work-Life Balance Rank: 23
Child Care Rank: 5

The state reported an unemployment rate of 4.6% for May, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be easier to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

Massachusetts was the state with the lowest male uninsured rate. It also had the fourth lowest percentage of dads with kids under 18 living in poverty.

 

 

2. New Hampshire
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 1

Health Rank: 4
Work-Life Balance Rank: 43
Child Care Rank: 4

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.8% for May, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be easier to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

New Hampshire also had the lowest percentage of dads with kids under 18 living in poverty. The state also had the fourth lowest unemployment rate for dads with children under 18.

 

1. Minnesota
Economic and Social Well Being Rank: 3

Health Rank: 12
Work-Life Balance Rank: 3
Child Care Rank: 11

The state reported an unemployment rate of 3.8% for May, according to the BLS, lower than the national average of 5.5%, meaning jobs may be easier to come by in the state as compared to nationally.

Minnesota was the state with the highest men's life expectancy at birth. It also had the fourth highest median income for families with children under 18.

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