In the spirit of celebrating Father’s Day, WalletHub has ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia for their suitability for working fathers.
Massachusetts came out at number one; Louisiana carried up the rear.
New England fared well as a region, with five of its six states ranking within the top ten states for working dads: Massachusetts (first), Connecticut (second), Vermont (fourth), Rhode Island (seventh), New Hampshire (eighth). Maine ranked 20th for working dads.
To determine each state’s rank, researchers considered data from nine sources in four categories:
- Economic and social well-being.
- Child care.
- Work-life balance.
WalletHub ranked the each state on the basis of four qualities including 22 “relevant metrics” each weighted a particular amount of points to combine to a total of 100 points, out of which each state was ranked.
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WalletHub consulted professors including Stuart Sidle, associate provost at the University of New Haven for the study.
The rankings present what Sidle calls a “high level view” without accounting for more specific factors such as career type and city or neighborhood, but it presents a general analysis.
“It’s a useful study and it’s drawing attention to a few things,” said Sidle. “And in terms of options and policies, it’s never been better for working dads but it’s a bit of a moving target because never before have dads wanted to be more involved in childcare.”
WalletHub isn’t the only institution celebrating “working dads” this Father’s Day.
On Twitter, a conversation around #workingdads is being bolstered by companies celebrating their employees that are also fathers, flexible employment discussion and polls by consulting groups are asking their followers about work-life balance.