Photos: Ten worst states for working moms -- and why Colorado is on the list

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We're accustomed to Colorado winding up toward the top of lists that rank the best, the top, the finest, the most excellent. But when it comes to the WalletHub.com roster of the best and worst states for working moms, Colorado finishes in the bottom ten.

Why? We've got the photo-illustrated list below, complete with WalletHub.com data, graphics and descriptions of the metrics used to determine the order of finish. Count down the bottom ten below and click to see the original report.

Note: Child care rankings determined by:

Day-care quality rankings
Child-care costs adjusted for the median woman's salary
Access to pediatric services (number of pediatricians per 100,000 residents)
Public-school quality

Tenth worst state:

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Pennsylvania

Child care rank: 43

Professional opportunities rank: 22

Work-life balance rank: 24

Ninth worst state:

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Missouri

Child care rank: 32

Professional opportunities rank: 38

Work-life balance rank: 38

Continue to keep counting down the ten worst states for working moms.

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19 comments
Christy Naplin Phelps
Christy Naplin Phelps

This article has nothing to do with bring a single parent, it's about being a WORKING parent, and yes, Colorado sucks for working parents.

Katie Berry
Katie Berry

Tim Berry, the funny thing is Iowa is only 4 places above Colorado on this list...

Cecelia Lankutis
Cecelia Lankutis

I think Anthony justifies this point with his ignorance. The guy leaves us, and we bust our a** to keep a roof over our heads. Two jobs is often required to do that, because people like Anthony drank the kool aid about "government dependence". The slightest bit of help makes us "lazy" and, no, to this day, I've NEVER used drugs for anything! Your tin foil hat calls, Anthony. Since stereotypes can be used as a basis for comment, just figured I'd throw one back at ya!

Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

Prolly should switch that to single "parents", unless these women are magically getting pregnant on their own. It isn't any easieron the male side, Dumbasses.

Ashley Ramirez
Ashley Ramirez

I just wish child care was a little more reasonably priced

Isaac Loya
Isaac Loya

Good! My Mom has always had a job & gave us everything we needed growing up!

Rebecca S Egbert
Rebecca S Egbert

This whole study fuels my fire, as someone who coaches working moms to build health and resilience during early postpartum years. The truth is that many moms HAVE to work to feed their families, even with a second income at home. For single moms, it's a whole other ball of wax. Systems...we have to keep looking at gov't and business systems that work (ie. Sweden and business like Room & Board) and have stellar benefits for maternity care leave and paternity care leave; and make progress based off the results of those systems/industry leaders who are building women up not taking them down.

Julie Eaton
Julie Eaton

i have lived in colorado.illinois,arizona, and now florida. the place we had it best was colorado. all our bills where reasonable. food was reasonable.people seemed to be willing to work with my schedual being a single mom. the pay was better. if it wasn't for the fact colorado has such terrible public schools i would come back.

Amber Monique
Amber Monique

I find it hard to get a job willing to work with a schedule of being a single working mom

Dave Childers
Dave Childers

Considering rent and home prices have sky rocketed, i will say bad.

Stephanie Bamford
Stephanie Bamford

Had to stop working so ... I'll say we could use improvement!

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

Passing on the problems of an individual's bad choices onto society is the most selfish thing a person could do.

If someone chooses to have a baby, their employer shouldn't suffer. It's the consequences of being pro-choice.

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