There’s no doubt being a working mother comes with many challenges, but a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub shows life may be a little easier, or more difficult, depending on where you live.
Released just days before Mother’s Day, 2016’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms report ranks Alabama as the 2nd worst state in the U.S. for working mothers.
In the report, WalletHub compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to a working mother using 13 key metrics, including median women’s salary, female unemployment rate, and day-care quality.
Alabama ranked dead last for professional opportunities and 39th for child care, which is one of three critical dimensions in the study and measures quality, costs, access to pediatric services and school system ratings.
Here’s how the Yellowhammer State ranked in some of the study’s other categories (1=Best; 25=Avg; 51=Worst)
- 47th: Day-care quality
- 21st: Access to pediatric services
- 48th: Gender pay gap (women’s earnings as percent of men’s)
- 50th: Ratio of female executives to male executives
- 25th: Median women’s salary (adjusted for cost of living)
- 44th: Female unemployment rate
- 35th: Parental leave policy
- 32nd: Length of average woman’s workday
- 49th: percent of single-mom families in poverty
According to the report, the top five states are Vermont, Minnesota, Connecticut, North Dakota and Massachusetts. The lowest ranked were Nevada, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana and Alaska.
See how Alabama ranks compared to the rest of the country: