WalletHub's new study — Best & Worst States for Working Moms — shuttled around 12 metrics relating to professional opportunities, child care options, and work/life balance. Florida, it turns out, is pretty meh — not among the best states for working moms, not among the worst.
The Sunshine State was ranked 30th overall among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., when it comes to options for working moms. Just a little better than us: Pennsylvania. Just a little worse: Hawaii. If you break down the specific categories, Florida ranks 24th when it comes to child-care opportunities, 12th in terms of professional opportunities (not bad, Florida), and 44th (not good) for work/life balance.
Who topped the list? The best state for working moms according to WalletHub's work is Vermont. These round out the top ten:
4. New Hampshire
7. North Dakota
WalletHub's ranking put Louisiana in the 51st stop — the worst state in the union for working moms. The bottom ten round out like this:
43. North Carolina
44. West Virginia
50. South Carolina
Florida is a ghost in all the study's specific breakdowns. It doesn't have the best or the worst when it comes to day-care systems, the gender pay gap, or female-to-male executive ratio. It's just pretty middle-of-the-road blah... which, for the third largest state in the union, is a little unsettling. Florida, come on, bro; you can do better than that.