Report: Minnesota is 2nd-Best State for Dads

Report: Minnesota is 2nd-Best State for Dads Photo: KSTP/ File

June 15, 2017 12:42 PM

Minnesota fathers have reason to celebrate this Father's Day: The state is listed as being the second-best for working fathers based on an analysis of several quality-of-life factors, according to a report released by

Analysts for the personal finance website's report looked at the 50 states and the District of Columbia, using the following factors as points of comparison: economic and social well-being, work-life balance, child care and health.

Here is a breakdown of those factors, according to the report's methodology:


Economic and social well-being: Analysts considered median family income, unemployment rates for fathers with children up to the age of 17, the share of children up to the age of 17 with a father present, and the average freshman graduation rate for men.

Work-life balance: Analysts looked at parental leave policies, the average length of a work day, and the average time men spend commuting.

Child care: Day care quality, child care costs, pediatricians per capita, and the quality of state school systems were considered.

Health: Analysts looked at the rate of uninsured men, men's life expectancy, male deaths due to heart disease, prostate and colorectal cancer rates among men, urologists per 100,000 men, male suicide rates, male mental health, the share of physically active men, and the unaffordability of doctor's visits for men.

The report found Minnesota ranked second overall in terms of the best states for working fathers. Minnesota ranked first for health, second for economic and social well-being, fifth in child care, and ninth in work-life balance.


Connecticut ranked as the best state for working fathers. Following Minnesota, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey rounded out the top five states.

Mississippi, Nevada, West Virginia, New Mexico and Louisiana ranked as the five worst states for working fathers, according to the WalletHub report.

View the full report here.

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