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Arizona ranks toward the bottom of states for working dads

PHOENIX — Arizona is a tough place to live for working dads.

According to a study published by WalletHub, the Grand Canyon State ranks No. 39 out of 50 states and Washington D.C. as a top place to live for employed fathers throughout the country.

Source: WalletHub

The study took into account four factors including economic and social well-being, work-life balance, child care and health.

They then tallied the results to a point system with Arizona earning a 41.90 compared to the top ranked state, Massachusetts (75.38), and bottom ranked state, Louisiana (34.14).

Arizona earned its best mark at No. 16 in the work-life balance category. The state was ranked No. 48 in economic and social well-being, 40 in child care and 31 in health.

The state ranked No. 50 out of 51 in percentage of kids aged 0-17 living in poverty with dad present.

The study cited the Bureau of Labor Statistics that 93 percent of dads are employed, but quality of life for those employed varied from state-to-state.

Twenty-two indicators were used to generate rankings for the four categories.

No state south of Tennessee ranked higher than No. 34 as the favorable states for working fathers heavily favored the more northern states with each of the top four states coming from the New England area.

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