Where Georgia ranks among best states for working dads

Hint: It’s not very high

Being a working dad can be tough, but some states make it easier than others do.

Georgia isn’t one of those states, according to financial website WalletHub.

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To determine the best and worst states for working dads, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key dimensions — economic and social well-being; work-life balance; child care; and health — using 23 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for working dads.

Source: WalletHub

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"Traditionally, dads have been the 'breadwinners' and moms have been the 'caregivers,' " said Nicholas Salter, an assistant professor at Hofstra University. "Nowadays, though, more fathers want to be active parents and push back against this old-fashioned idea. … This is great but is not always supported by coworkers or society in general."

Working dads in Massachusetts have it best, WalletHub found, with a score of 74.96 out of 100. The states finished first in both work-life balance and child care.

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Georgia landed near the bottom of the list, however, at No. 40, with a score of 43.51.

In each key dimension, Georgia was ranked:

  • Economic and social well-being: 37
  • Work-life balance: 45
  • Child care: 37
  • Health: 41

On the bright side, dads, Georgia treats you better than working moms. The state landed at No. 42 in that ranking by WalletHub.