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Thursday, June 15, 2017


Massachusetts is one of the best states in the country for working dads. 

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Massachusetts is ranked as the 4th best state in the country for working dads.

“Fatherhood is not what it used to be. Back in the 1960s, American families relied on a single income, that of the dad, who spent much of his week at work while mom stayed home with the kids. Today, two-thirds of family households depend on two incomes. And the contemporary dad no longer fits neatly into the standard of the married male breadwinner and disciplinarian,” said WalletHub. 

MA’s Rankings 

  • 11th Best - Economic & Social Well-Being 
  • 11th Best - Work-Life Balance 
  • 3rd Best - Childcare 
  • 2nd Best - Health 
  • 4th - Lowest % of kids aged 0 to 17 (with Dad present) living in poverty 
  • 1st - Lowest male uninsured rate 


Overall Rankings 

The top five states for working dads are: 

1. Connecticut 

2. Minnesota 

3. Vermont 

4. Massachusetts 

5. New Jersey 


Mississippi is ranked as the worst state for working dads.  

See the full rankings in the map below 

Source: WalletHub

The Method 

To determine the best and worst states for working dads, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key dimensions: 1) Economic & Social Well-Being, 2) Work-Life Balance, 3) Child Care and 4) Health.

We evaluated those dimensions using 22 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for working dads.

We then calculated the total score for each state and the District based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to construct our final ranking.

Economic & Social Well-Being – Total Points: 30

  • Median Family Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living): Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate for Dads with Kids Aged 0 to 17: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Share of Kids Aged 0 to 17 (with Dad Present) Living in Poverty: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Men: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)


Work-Life Balance – Total Points: 30

  • Parental-Leave Policy Score: Double Weight (~15.00 Points)
  • Average Length of Work Day (in Hours) for Males: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)
  • Average Commute Time for Men: Full Weight (~7.50 Points)


Child Care – Total Points: 30

  • Day-Care Quality Score: Double Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family Income): Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Pediatricians per Capita: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Quality of State School System: Double Weight (~10.00 Points)


Health – Total Points: 10

  • Male Uninsured Rate: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Men’s Life Expectancy: Double Weight (~1.67 Points)
  • Deaths Due to Heart Disease per 100,000 Men: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Colorectal Cancer Cases per 100,000 Men: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Prostate Cancer Cases per 100,000 Men: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Urologists per 100,000 Men: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Male Suicide Rate: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Male Mental Health: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Share of Men in Good or Better Health: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Share of Physically Active Men: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)
  • Unaffordability of Doctor’s Visits: Full Weight (~0.83 Point)

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FORE Indoor Golf

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