Nevada Fares Poorly In Study On Best States For Working Dads

Northern States Fare Much Better Than Southern

Mitch Kelly
June 19, 2020 - 6:11 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) -  Fatherhood is a responsibility which changes over time. Back in 1960, 75% of 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.

Plus, the contemporary dad no longer fits neatly into the standard of the married breadwinner and disciplinarian. That’s especially true this year, as many fathers are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and face a unique opportunity to spend more time face-to-face with their children and help teach them while schools are closed. 

In order to determine the best states for men who play a dual role of parent and provider, the financial website WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of friendliness toward working fathers - from average length of work day for males to child-care costs to share of men in good or better health.

Nevada fares poorly in the study, coming in 44th place. Hurting the Silver State's standing the most were a 2nd to last place finish in "Child Care Costs", 3rd from last in "Highest Unemployment Rate For Dads With Young Kids" and 4th from last ranking in the "Lowest Median Family Income" categories.

Only 7 states were deemed to be worse for working dads- South Carolina, Idaho, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisian, Mississippi, and at the bottom,

New Mexico.

WalletHub deemed the top state for a working dad to be Massachusetts, followed By Minnesota, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and New Jersey.

For a look at the full study, click here.