With Father's Day fast approaching this weekend, there are new rankings in for the best and worst states in America for working dads and South Dakota has landed in the top third in the nation.

The personal finance website WalletHub assembled a team of five experts to create a point system to show the places where working dads fare best in four key areas:

  • Economic and Social Well-Being - income, unemployment rates, and poverty levels
  • Work-Life Balance - average time spent with children, length of the workday, time spent on child care, average commute time
  • Child Care - daycare quality, child care costs, quality of schools
  • Health - uninsured rate for men, life expectancy, suicide rate, mental health scores, physical health scores

In South Dakota, conditions for dad were among the nation's best in Economic and Social Well Being (#18), Child Care (#19), and Health (#21). In fact, the Mount Rushmore State scored in the top two in lowest unemployment rates for dads (tied 1st) and lowest child care costs (#2).

But it was the Work-Life Balance category that saw the state falter.

South Dakota dads are tied with working fathers in five other states (Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Alaska) for the longest average workdays for men.

That kept the state's overall ranking at a still respectable 17th overall.


  1. Massachusetts
  2. Minnesota
  3. Connecticut
  4. District of Columbia
  5. New Jersey
  6. Rhode Island
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Iowa
  9. North Dakota
  10. Vermont


  1. New Mexico
  2. Mississippi
  3. Louisiana
  4. West Virginia
  5. Alabama
  6. Idaho
  7. South Carolina
  8. Nevada
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Arizona

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