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Is Georgia a good state to live in for working moms?

by Chip Bell

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The prevalence of women in the workforce has grown tremendously over the past few decades, and as a result, working moms have gained buying power in the real estate market. However, as a recent study from WalletHub pointed out, some states are more accommodating to working moms than others.

In its study, the personal finance website looked at the cost, quality and availability of child care; the professional environment as it pertains to women (i.e. gender pay gap, ratio of female to male executives, median salary, female unemployment rate, etc.); and average afforded work-life balance, which weighed policies on parental leave, as well as the length of the average work week and commute.

Georgia, unfortunately, is one of the states on the unaccommodating side of the spectrum. Its “child care” and “professional opportunities” rankings were in the low 30s, while the average work-life balance for working moms was ranked at No. 49 – better only than Washington, D.C. and Maryland. The state also has one of the lowest female-to-male executives ratio.

See how our state compares below:

Overall Rank State Total Score Child Care Rank Professional Opportunities Rank Work-Life Balance Rank
1 Vermont 63.93 1 2 11
2 Minnesota 60.23 8 4 7
3 Connecticut 58.17 12 37 1
4 North Dakota 56.34 7 16 14
5 Massachusetts 56.26 2 21 30
6 Illinois 54.42 9 13 22
7 Wisconsin 54.33 15 26 10
8 Colorado 53.64 10 14 27
9 Kansas 53.15 5 27 21
10 New Jersey 53.12 3 46 17
11 Maine 52.96 24 12 8
12 Iowa 52.81 22 11 13
13 Tennessee 52.48 11 9 36
14 Virginia 52.06 6 7 48
15 Utah 51.88 14 50 6
16 Kentucky 51.09 4 45 32
16 Montana 51.09 30 36 5
18 New Hampshire 51.07 16 10 34
19 Washington 50.13 32 15 9
20 Nebraska 50.08 29 8 19
21 Rhode Island 49.92 33 43 4
22 Oregon 49.82 40 30 2
23 Delaware 49.33 19 6 46
24 Maryland 48.86 13 5 51
25 South Dakota 48.79 28 19 18
26 Wyoming 48.3 18 49 15
27 Ohio 48.08 20 41 20
28 Hawaii 47.95 44 3 16
29 Indiana 47.75 23 33 26
30 North Carolina 47.64 21 25 35
31 Arkansas 47.02 26 20 31
32 California 46.75 47 18 3
33 Texas 45.7 17 38 42
34 Missouri 44.87 27 29 38
35 Michigan 44.78 34 31 29
36 Oklahoma 44.68 25 39 37
37 District of Columbia 44.5 41 1 50
38 Pennsylvania 43.28 36 35 33
39 New York 42.52 35 22 43
40 Florida 41.41 37 24 44
41 West Virginia 40.84 42 42 28
42 New Mexico 40.69 46 40 23
43 Georgia 40.43 31 32 49
44 Idaho 39.84 51 17 12
45 Mississippi 39.59 38 44 41
46 Arizona 37.5 45 34 47
47 Alaska 37.37 50 28 25
48 Louisiana 36.97 48 47 24
49 South Carolina 36.88 43 48 39
50 Alabama 35.94 39 51 40
51 Nevada 34.63 49 23 45

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