Is Texas a great place to be a working dad? Not really


WalletHub, a financial site that loves to crunch numbers, released its 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads report.

How did Texas do? Not great. We’re No. 38.

But what’s worse: In work-life balance we’re No. 51 (the District of Columbia is included).

We also had the highest percentage of uninsured males.

We tied for last place with South Dakota, Louisiana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Alaska for the highest average length of the work day (46 hours).

We were 48th in percentage of kids with dad present living in poverty.

And we’re 40th in having dads who are physically active and 33rd in deaths among males cause by heart disease. OK, dads, you can do something about that.

Things we did OK in: 

Median Family Income adjusted for cost of living: 21st

Unemployment rate for dads with kids younger than 18: 15th

Child care cost: 14th

Things we’re great at: 

Quality of child care: Third

Where are the best places to be a working dad?

  1. Connecticut
  2. Minnesota
  3. Vermont
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Jersey

Where are the worst?

47: Louisiana

48: New Mexico

49: West Virginia

50: Nevada

51: Mississippi

How does this compare to working moms? WalletHub did the same study last month:

There we came in 33rd. We still got dinged on work-life balance, though not as bad. We did do well in day care quality and costs.




Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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