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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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