Editors' pick: Originally published Oct. 31.

Child care is in a state of crisis.

This may seem hyperbolic, but for many families, it's the truth. As Americans increasingly live in dual-income households, the issue of daycare has become a critical one for many families. Often lacking support systems, parents need safe, professional environments for children too young for school, but too old for parental leave.

And the costs are staggering.

As a recent study conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard found, money "is the most commonly reported challenge in finding care" for children.

"It continues to be an issue," the report found, "once parents have found care, with many saying the cost of care is a problem for their families - especially for those who feel their financial situation is not strong... Parents face challenges finding back-up care when a child gets sick and cannot receive their usual care. Many working parents have to miss work, and parents report negative repercussions for themselves or their spouse such as docked pay or getting in trouble with a supervisor."

How big is this problem? The think tank New America has done an analysis on state-by-state costs. Read on to see the average cost of child care in your state to see just how hard it is for working families to pay the bills…

Alabama

Overall rank: 13th

Average cost of child care: $14,275 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,388

Cost at home: $26,639

Child care costs 34 percent of the average household income in Alabama, and 95 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Alaska

Overall rank: 47th

Average cost of child care: $18,998 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $9,270 per year

Cost at home: $29,518 per year

Child care in Alaska costs 28 percent of the average household income, and 104 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Arizona

Overall Rank: 30th

Average cost of child care: $16,102 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,397 per year

Cost at home: $16,102 per year

Child care in Arizona costs 33 percent of the average household income, and 96 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Arkansas

Overall Rank: 3rd

Average cost of child care: $12,994 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $5,721 per year

Cost at home: $27,547 per year

Child care in Arkansas costs 29 percent of the average household income, and 83 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. While this still makes daycare almost the equivalent to each month's rent, it also makes working a more viable financial option for many parents.

California

Overall Rank: 44th

Average cost of child care: $17,971 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $11,479 per year

Cost at home: $30,184 per year

Child care in California costs 30 percent of the average household income, and 96 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Colorado

Overall Rank: 36th

Average cost of child care: $17,072 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,613 per year

Cost at home: $28,187 per year

Child care in Colorado costs 28 percent of average household income, and 101 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Connecticut

Overall Rank: 48th

Average cost of child care: $19,521 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $11,456 per year

Cost at home: $31,162 per year

Child care in Connecticut costs 28 percent of the average household income, and 103 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fact food jobs in this, one of the country's most expensive childcare markets, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Delaware

Overall Rank: 21st

Average cost of child care: $15,001 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,114 per year

Cost at home: $15,001 per year

Child care in Delaware costs 26 percent of the average household income, and 87 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. While this still makes daycare almost the equivalent to each month's rent, it also makes working a more viable financial option for many parents.

Florida

Overall Rank: 8th

Average cost of child care: $13,480 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,705 per year

Cost at home: $27,750 per year

Child care in Florida costs 29 percent of the average household income, and 81 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Florida one of the most competitive states for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Georgia

Overall Rank: 16th

Average cost of child care: $14,715 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,569 per year

Cost at home: $14,715 per year

Child care in Georgia costs 30 percent of the average household income, and 98 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Hawaii

Overall Rank: 45th

Average cost of child care: $17,976 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,604 per year

Cost at home: $28,888 per year

Child care in Hawaii costs 25 percent of the average household income, and 112 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fact food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Idaho

Overall Rank: 9th

Average cost of child care: $13,531 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,328 per year

Cost at home: $26,690 per year

Child care in Idaho costs 25 percent of average household income, and 90 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Illinois

Overall Rank: 40th

Average cost of child care: $17,628 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,229 per year

Cost at home: $27,854 per year

Child care in Illinois costs 32 percent of the average household income, and 103 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fact food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Indiana

Overall Rank: 25th

Average cost of child care: $15,356 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,650 per year

Cost at home: $27,501 per year

Child care in Indiana costs 32 percent of the average household income, and 102 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fact food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Iowa

Overall Rank: 6th

Average cost of child care: $13,350 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,194 per year

Cost at home: $26,898 per year

Child care in Iowa costs 23 percent of the average household income, and 89 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Iowa one of the most competitive states for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs for many people.

Kansas

Overall Rank: 26th

Average cost of child care: $15,376 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,827 per year

Cost at home: $27,085 per year

Child care in Kansas costs 29 percent of the average household income, and 102 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fact food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Kentucky

Overall Rank: 15th

Average cost of child care: $14,667 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,229 per year

Cost at home: $27,096 per year

Child care in Kentucky costs 34 percent of the average household income, and 97 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Louisiana

Overall Rank: 14th

Average cost of child care: $14,619 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $6,465 per year

Cost at home: $27,657 per year

Child care in Louisiana costs 34 percent of the average household income, and 97 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Maine

Overall Rank: 5th

Average cost of child care: $13,257 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,916 per year

Cost at home: $27,372 per year

Child care in Maine costs 26 percent of the average household income, and 85 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Maine one of the most competitive states for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Maryland

Overall Rank: 39th

Average cost of child care: $17,622 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,344 per year

Cost at home: $29,102 per year

Child care in Maryland costs 23 percent of the average household income, and 103 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Maryland one of the states with the biggest gap between what average and lower-income workers can afford in terms of childcare.

Massachusetts

Overall Rank: 50th

Average cost of child care: $21,095 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $13,208 per year

Cost at home: $31,827 per year

Child care in Massachusetts costs 33 percent of the average household income, and 113 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This state is the most expensive, on average, in the country one of the states with the biggest gap between what average and lower-income workers can afford in terms of childcare.

Michigan

Overall Rank: 11th

Average cost of child care: $13,898 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,718 per year

Cost at home: $25,982 per year

Child care in Michigan costs 27 percent of the average household income, and 82 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Michigan one of the most competitive states for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Minnesota

Overall Rank: 19th

Average cost of child care: $14,891 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,344 per year

Cost at home: $27,042 per year

Child care in Minnesota costs 22 percent of the average household income, and 80 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Minnesota one of the most competitive states for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Mississippi

Overall Rank: 18th

Average cost of child care: $14,788 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $6,163 per year

Cost at home: $26,674 per year

Child care in Mississippi costs 42 percent of the average household income, and 98 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Mississippi one of the most difficult states in which to raise children, as even average income workers will struggle to make ends meet.

Missouri

Overall Rank: 28th

Average cost of child care: $15,668 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,903 per year

Cost at home: $15,668 per year

Child care in Missouri costs 28 percent of the average household income, and 98 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Montana

Overall Rank: 7th

Average cost of child care: $13,478 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,980 per year

Cost at home: $26,814 per year

Child care in Montana costs 26 percent of the average household income, and 80 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Montana one of the most competitive states for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Nebraska

Overall Rank: 4th

Average cost of child care: $13,102 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,725 per year

Cost at home: $26,540 per year

Child care in Nebraska costs 23 percent of the average household income, and 79 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Nebraska one of the most competitive states for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Nevada

Overall Rank: 46th

Average cost of child care: $18,598 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $9,724 per year

Cost at home: $27,147 per year

Child care in Nevada costs 37 percent of the average household income, and 103 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

New Hampshire

Overall Rank: 22nd

Average cost of child care: $15,008 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,182 per year

Cost at home: $28,645 per year

Child care in New Hampshire costs 20 percent of the average household income, and 100 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

New Jersey

Overall Rank: 43rd

Average cost of child care: $17,868 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,547 per year

Cost at home: $29,456 per year

Child care in New Jersey costs 27 percent of the average household income, and 103 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

New Mexico

Overall Rank: 37th

Average cost of child care: $17,091 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,865 per year

Cost at home: $27,147 per year

Child care in New Mexico costs 37 percent of the average household income, and 110 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people in service or retail this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether, as childcare would consume significantly more than one person can earn at work.

New York

Overall Rank: 49th

Average cost of child care: $19,822 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,519 per year

Cost at home: $29,501 per year

Child care in New York costs 36 percent of the average household income, and 109 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

North Carolina

Overall Rank: 29th

Average cost of child care: $15,745 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,643 per year

Cost at home: $27,251 per year

Child care in North Carolina costs 34 percent of the average household income, and 104 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

North Dakota

Overall Rank: 1st

Average cost of child care: $11,866 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,409 per year

Cost at home: $27,667 per year

This is, on average, the cheapest state in the country for child care. Childcare in North Dakota costs 20 percent of the average household income, and 79 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Nebraska one of the most competitive states for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Ohio

Overall Rank: 27th

Average cost of child care: $15,627 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,322 per year

Cost at home: $26,898 per year

Child care in Ohio costs 31 percent of the average household income, and 92 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Oklahoma

Overall Rank: 32nd

Average cost of child care: $16,259 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,925 per year

Cost at home: $27,376 per year

Child care in Oklahoma costs 34 percent of the average household income, and 108 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people in service or retail this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether, as childcare would consume significantly more than one person can earn at work.

Oregon

Overall Rank: 35th

Average cost of child care: $17,050 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $11,118 per year

Cost at home: $27,626 per year

Child care in Oregon costs 29 percent of the average household income, and 89 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Pennsylvania

Overall Rank: 23rd

Average cost of child care: $15,176 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,748 per year

Cost at home: $28,166 per year

Child care in Pennsylvania costs 28 percent of the average household income, and 101 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Rhode Island

Overall Rank: 20th

Average cost of child care: $14,910 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $9,109 per year

Cost at home: $28,478 per year

Child care in Rhode Island costs 25 percent of the average household income, and 80 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Rhode Island a highly competitive state for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

South Carolina

Overall Rank: 10th

Average cost of child care: $13,730 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,661 per year

Cost at home: $27,314 per year

Child care in South Carolina costs 31 percent of the average household income, and 91 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

South Dakota

Overall Rank: 17th

Average cost of child care: $14,740 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,322 per year

Cost at home: $26,606 per year

Child care in South Dakota costs 28 percent of the average household income, and 83 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes South Dakota a highly competitive state for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Tennessee

Overall Rank: 33rd

Average cost of child care: $16,293 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,406 per year

Cost at home: $27,438 per year

Child care in Tennessee costs 37 percent of the average household income, and 108 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Texas

Overall Rank: 12th

Average cost of child care: $14,162 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,299 per year

Cost at home: $27,875 per year

Child care in Texas costs 26 percent of the average household income, and 94 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Utah

Overall Rank: 34th

Average cost of child care: $16,496 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $7,371 per year

Cost at home: $26,211 per year

Child care in Utah costs 26 percent of the average household income, and 109 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people in service or retail this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether, as childcare would consume significantly more than one person can earn at work.

Vermont

Overall Rank: 31st

Average cost of child care: $16,118 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $10,360 per year

Cost at home: $28,813 per year

Child care in Vermont costs 27 percent of the average household income, and 85 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Vermont a highly competitive state for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

Virginia

Overall Rank: 38th

Average cost of child care: $17,135 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $9,665 per year

Cost at home: $28,333 per year

Child care in Virginia costs 26 percent of the average household income, and 114 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people in service or retail this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether, as childcare would consume significantly more than one person can earn at work.

Washington

Overall Rank: 41st

Average cost of child care: $17,728 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $11,348 per year

Cost at home: $29,477 per year

Child care in Washington costs 30 percent of the average household income, and 90 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For many people this means a very real choice between keeping their jobs or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

West Virginia

Overall Rank: 42nd

Average cost of child care: $17,782 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $6,787 per year

Cost at home: $26,921 per year

Child care in West Virginia costs 45 percent of the average household income, and 107 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes West Virginia one of the most difficult states in which to raise children, as even average income workers will struggle to make ends meet.

Wisconsin

Overall Rank: 24th

Average cost of child care: $15,178 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $9,743 per year

Cost at home: $25,774 per year

Child care in Wisconsin costs 26 percent of the average household income, and 101 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. For someone working in many retail or fast food jobs, that means that even keeping their job is a money-losing proposition.

Wyoming

Overall Rank: 2nd

Average cost of child care: $12,173 per year

Cost in a daycare center: $8,040 per year

Cost at home: $27,730 per year

Child care in Wyoming costs 22 percent of the average household income, and 81 percent of a minimum wage worker's pay. This makes Wyoming a highly competitive state for working parents, as earnings can still meaningfully outweigh costs.

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