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Best and worst states for working dads

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Best and worst states for working dads

It goes without saying that the role of the American father has changed drastically over the course of the past few decades. Once perceived as the de facto breadwinners, who were primarily responsible for instilling moral and religious values in their children, the household patriarchs now wear a handful of different hats due to a breadth of societal changes serving as catalysts for noticeable shifts in traditional family structure. Not only has female engagement in the workforce nearly doubled since World War IIjumping from 32.7% in 1948 to 56.8% in 2016but child care has played an increasingly large role in the minds of many American fathers, with the average U.S. dad spending thrice as much time looking after his kids than was the case in 1965. While each of these factors have played a significant role in facilitating a transition toward a more family-oriented American father, the vast majority of dads still have to go to work every day to provide in some way for their families.

In celebration of Father’s Day, Stacker referenced a WalletHub study to compile a list of the best states for working dads. The 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, are ranked according to a handful of metrics, which heavily influence the quality of life for an employed father: socioeconomic well-being, access to child-care necessities, work-life balance, and overall male health in the state.

Read on to discover which states best enable career advancement for fathers, while also allowing for valuable time with loved ones.

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#51. Mississippi

Total score: 33.78
Economic and social well-being rank: 45/51
Work-life balance rank: 50/51
Child care rank: 39/51
Health rank: 51/51


 

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#50. Nevada

Total score: 35.12
Economic and social well-being rank: 51/51
Work-life balance rank: 22/51
Child care rank: 48/51
Health rank: 41/51


 

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#49. West Virginia

Total score: 36.91
Economic and social well-being rank: 40/51
Work-life balance rank: 43/51
Child care rank: 45/51
Health rank: 45/51


 

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#48. New Mexico

Total score: 38.22
Economic and social well-being rank: 50/51
Work-life balance rank: 19/51
Child care rank: 46/51
Health rank: 39/51


 

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#47. Louisiana

Total score: 38.25
Economic and social well-being rank: 26/51
Work-life balance rank: 45/51
Child care rank: 49/51
Health rank: 46/51


 

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#46. Alabama

Total score: 38.47
Economic and social well-being rank: 37/51
Work-life balance rank: 46/51
Child care rank: 43/51
Health rank: 50/51


 

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#45. Idaho

Total score: 39.38
Economic and social well-being rank: 33/51
Work-life balance rank: 37/51
Child care rank: 51/51
Health rank: 28/51


 

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#44. Arkansas

Total score: 40.72
Economic and social well-being rank: 44/51
Work-life balance rank: 26/51
Child care rank: 41/51
Health rank: 49/51


 

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#43. Georgia

Total score: 40.77
Economic and social well-being rank: 41/51
Work-life balance rank: 48/51
Child care rank: 29/51
Health rank: 43/51


 

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#42. Arizona

Total score: 40.88
Economic and social well-being rank: 48/51
Work-life balance rank: 29/51
Child care rank: 44/51
Health rank: 23/51


 

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#41. Alaska

Total score: 41.11
Economic and social well-being rank: 34/51
Work-life balance rank: 33/51
Child care rank: 50/51
Health rank: 29/51


 

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#40. South Carolina

Total score: 41.82
Economic and social well-being rank: 42/51
Work-life balance rank: 40/51
Child care rank: 35/51
Health rank: 42/51


 

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#39. Oklahoma

Total score: 42.56
Economic and social well-being rank: 32/51
Work-life balance rank: 49/51
Child care rank: 27/51
Health rank: 47/51


 

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#38. Texas

Total score: 45.74
Economic and social well-being rank: 30/51
Work-life balance rank: 51/51
Child care rank: 13/51
Health rank: 32/51


 

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#37. Michigan

Total score: 45.86
Economic and social well-being rank: 31/51
Work-life balance rank: 34/51
Child care rank: 37/51
Health rank: 33/51


 

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#36. Tennessee

Total score: 46.83
Economic and social well-being rank: 35/51
Work-life balance rank: 28/51
Child care rank: 25/51
Health rank: 44/51


 

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#35. South Dakota

Total score: 47.17
Economic and social well-being rank: 23/51
Work-life balance rank: 42/51
Child care rank: 38/51
Health rank: 13/51


 

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#34. Kentucky

Total score: 47.30
Economic and social well-being rank: 36/51
Work-life balance rank: 32/51
Child care rank: 16/51
Health rank: 48/51


 

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#33. Florida

Total score: 48.18
Economic and social well-being rank: 46/51
Work-life balance rank: 23/51
Child care rank: 19/51
Health rank: 27/51


 

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#32. North Carolina

Total score: 48.18
Economic and social well-being rank: 38/51
Work-life balance rank: 31/51
Child care rank: 20/51
Health rank: 35/51


 

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#31. Missouri

Total score: 48.37
Economic and social well-being rank: 22/51
Work-life balance rank: 35/51
Child care rank: 34/51
Health rank: 34/51


 

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#30. Wyoming

Total score: 48.44
Economic and social well-being rank: 9/51
Work-life balance rank: 47/51
Child care rank: 36/51
Health rank: 30/51


 

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#29. Pennsylvania

Total score: 49.35
Economic and social well-being rank: 14/51
Work-life balance rank: 41/51
Child care rank: 33/51
Health rank: 31/51


 

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#28. Montana

Total score: 50.75
Economic and social well-being rank: 29/51
Work-life balance rank: 18/51
Child care rank: 32/51
Health rank: 37/51


 

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#27. Ohio

Total score: 52.31
Economic and social well-being rank: 21/51
Work-life balance rank: 24/51
Child care rank: 26/51
Health rank: 38/51


 

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#26. Oregon

Total score: 53.14
Economic and social well-being rank: 47/51
Work-life balance rank: 3/51
Child care rank: 42/51
Health rank: 21/51


 

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#25. Indiana

Total score: 53.27
Economic and social well-being rank: 24/51
Work-life balance rank: 30/51
Child care rank: 9/51
Health rank: 40/51


 

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#24. California

Total score: 53.40
Economic and social well-being rank: 49/51
Work-life balance rank: 1/51
Child care rank: 47/51
Health rank: 10/51


 

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#23. Hawaii

Total score: 54.69
Economic and social well-being rank: 39/51
Work-life balance rank: 6/51
Child care rank: 40/51
Health rank: 4/51


 

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#22. Washington

Total score: 54.75
Economic and social well-being rank: 25/51
Work-life balance rank: 13/51
Child care rank: 31/51
Health rank: 8/51


 

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#21. Colorado

Total score: 55.06
Economic and social well-being rank: 18/51
Work-life balance rank: 20/51
Child care rank: 28/51
Health rank: 7/51


 

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#20. New York

Total score: 56.06
Economic and social well-being rank: 43/51
Work-life balance rank: 8/51
Child care rank: 23/51
Health rank: 24/51


 

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#19. Kansas

Total score: 56.21
Economic and social well-being rank: 13/51
Work-life balance rank: 27/51
Child care rank: 18/51
Health rank: 25/51


 

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#18. Nebraska

Total score: 56.87
Economic and social well-being rank: 7/51
Work-life balance rank: 25/51
Child care rank: 24/51
Health rank: 12/51


 

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#17. Maine

Total score: 57.23
Economic and social well-being rank: 28/51
Work-life balance rank: 10/51
Child care rank: 17/51
Health rank: 22/51


 

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#16. Maryland

Total score: 57.62
Economic and social well-being rank: 4/51
Work-life balance rank: 36/51
Child care rank: 12/51
Health rank: 16/51


 

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#15. North Dakota

Total score: 58.30
Economic and social well-being rank: 1/51
Work-life balance rank: 38/51
Child care rank: 15/51
Health rank: 20/51


 

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#14. Illinois

Total score: 58.78
Economic and social well-being rank: 20/51
Work-life balance rank: 16/51
Child care rank: 10/51
Health rank: 26/51


 

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#13. Iowa

Total score: 59.00
Economic and social well-being rank: 6/51
Work-life balance rank: 21/51
Child care rank: 22/51
Health rank: 9/51


 

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#12. Virginia

Total score: 59.34
Economic and social well-being rank: 3/51
Work-life balance rank: 44/51
Child care rank: 8/51
Health rank: 14/51


 

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#11. Utah

Total score: 59.60
Economic and social well-being rank: 19/51
Work-life balance rank: 12/51
Child care rank: 14/51
Health rank: 15/51


 

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#10. New Hampshire

Total score: 61.09
Economic and social well-being rank: 5/51
Work-life balance rank: 39/51
Child care rank: 7/51
Health rank: 6/51


 

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#9. District of Columbia

Total score: 61.10
Economic and social well-being rank: 17/51
Work-life balance rank: 7/51
Child care rank: 30/51
Health rank: 18/51


 

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#8. Wisconsin

Total score: 61.51
Economic and social well-being rank: 12/51
Work-life balance rank: 15/51
Child care rank: 11/51
Health rank: 11/51


 

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#7. Delaware

Total score: 64.05
Economic and social well-being rank: 15/51
Work-life balance rank: 17/51
Child care rank: 2/51
Health rank: 36/51


 

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#6. Rhode Island

Total score: 65.09
Economic and social well-being rank: 27/51
Work-life balance rank: 2/51
Child care rank: 21/51
Health rank: 17/51


 

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#5. New Jersey

Total score: 68.17
Economic and social well-being rank: 10/51
Work-life balance rank: 14/51
Child care rank: 1/51
Health rank: 19/51


 

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#4. Massachusetts

Total score: 69.12
Economic and social well-being rank: 11/51
Work-life balance rank: 11/51
Child care rank: 3/51
Health rank: 2/51


 

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#3. Vermont

Total score: 70.37
Economic and social well-being rank: 16/51
Work-life balance rank: 5/51
Child care rank: 4/51
Health rank: 3/51


 

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#2. Minnesota

Total score: 71.17
Economic and social well-being rank: 2/51
Work-life balance rank: 9/51
Child care rank: 5/51
Health rank: 1/51


 

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#1. Connecticut

Total score: 72.10
Economic and social well-being rank: 8/51
Work-life balance rank: 4/51
Child care rank: 6/51
Health rank: 5/51


 

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