Report: Minnesota is 2nd-Best State in US for Working Mothers

Report: Minnesota is 2nd-Best State in US for Working Mothers Photo: Wikimedia Commons, File

May 08, 2017 11:34 AM

Minnesota ranks as the second-best state for working mothers, according to a report released by

The personal finance website's report states analysts look at all 50 states and the District of Columbia using three points of comparison: child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance.


Broken down further, for child care, analysts considered the quality of care, costs, pediatricians per capita and school system quality.

For professional opportunities, analysts considered the gender pay gap, the ratio of female executives to male executives, women's median salary, the number of families living in poverty, the female unemployment rate, and the gender representation gap in different economic sectors.

For work-life balance, analysts looked at parental leave policies, the average length of a woman's work week in hours, and the average time in minutes women spend commuting.

The report found Minnesota ranked second overall in terms of the best states for working mothers. Minnesota ranked third for child care, fifth for professional opportunities and ninth for work-life balance.

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

Alabama, Louisiana, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska ranked as the five worst states for working mothers, according to the WalletHub report.

View the full report here.


Meanwhile, last year, up to six weeks of paid paternal leave was made available to 32,000 state employees throughout Minnesota.

RELATED: 32,000 State Employees Now Able to Take Paid Paternal Leave

Several Minnesota-based companies have also begun offering paid paternal leave options, including 3M.

RELATED: 3M Employees Now Among Those with Expanded Paid Paternal Leave


Rebecca Omastiak

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