The 5 Best and Worst States for Working Moms

Oregon tops the list, while Louisiana sits at the bottom, according to this latest survey that looks beyond gender pay gaps.

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Matt Vasilogambros
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Matt Vasilogambros
May 5, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

If you’re a work­ing mom, Ore­gon might be the best place for you to live.

Wal­let Hub, a per­son­al fin­ance net­work, re­leased a sur­vey on Monday rank­ing the 50 states and the Dis­trict of Columbia based on which place provides the best op­por­tun­ity for work­ing moth­ers.

The sur­vey uses nine met­rics that are split in­to three cat­egor­ies: work-life bal­ance, child care, and pro­fes­sion­al op­por­tun­it­ies. It gath­ers data from the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment and private ad­vocacy groups on things like gender pay gaps and par­ent­al-leave policies.

There’s a clear re­gion­al di­vide in the res­ults. While states in the South and Moun­tain West are a re­l­at­ively poor place for work­ing moth­ers in the United States, the best places in the coun­try are clustered in the North­east and along much of the West Coast, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

On top is Ore­gon, which has the best work-life bal­ance and strong rank­ings for both child care and pro­fes­sion­al op­por­tun­it­ies.

The Dis­trict of Columbia comes in second. While it may have some of the highest child-care costs in the coun­try, rank­ing 49th, it makes up for it with work equal­ity. Ac­cord­ing to Wal­let Hub’s met­rics, D.C. has the smal­lest gender pay gap and has the second-largest fe­male-to-male ex­ec­ut­ive ra­tio. These gave D.C. a ma­jor boost in the rank­ings.

On the oth­er end of the spec­trum, Louisi­ana has one of the worst child-care sys­tems and largest gender pay gaps. Wo­men in Louisi­ana only make 72 per­cent of what men make.

As this sur­vey shows, equal pay is not the only prob­lem that work­ing moth­ers face in the coun­try. It also in­volves the im­port­ant ser­vices for early child­hood de­vel­op­ment and flex­ib­il­ity to do the primary job many wo­men are con­cerned with: be­ing a mom.

Stephanie Stamm contributed to this article.
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