A lot has been said in recent years about the so-called 'work-life balance', which is defined as a culture that understands that life should come before work.

Sounds great, right?

But actually achieving the proper balance between home and office is proving to be a bit elusive for a lot of us.

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Recent surveys show that as many as 60 percent of Americans admit to struggling to find that sweet spot where life and work co-exist in a constructive way.

That prompted Remote.com to find out where in the U.S. were people finding the work-life balance they've been looking for.


They ranked all 50 states in key categories like:

  • Healthcare
  • Minimum wage
  • Maternity leave and payment rate
  • Statutory annual leave
  • Sick pay
  • Average hours worked per week
  • Overall happiness levels
  • LGBTQ+ inclusivity

So which state is your best bet for finding that work-life nirvana?

It's Connecticut.

The Constitution State's minimum wage is $14 per hour, which is 34% higher than the national average. The state also offers 2 weeks of paid maternity leave at a 95% maternity payment rate and promotes high levels of LGBTQ+ inclusivity.



  1. Connecticut
  2. Washington
  3. New York
  4. California
  5. Rhode Island
  6. New Jersey
  7. Oregon
  8. Vermont
  9. Maine
  10. Massachusetts


So how did the Tri-Sate (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota) fare in the rankings?

The Hawkeye State and the North Star State both landed in the Top 20 - Minnesota was 17th overall, and Iowa was 20th.

The Mount Rushmore State was an alarming 48th out of 50.

Only Tennessee and Louisiana were worse.

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