Washington was ranked as one of the best states in the country for working mothers in an analysis conducted by WalletHub. The Evergreen State came in sixth based on the findings of 12 key metrics, including women’s median salary, female unemployment rate, and quality of day care.

Vermont took the top ranking, followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin. At the bottom, Mississippi scored 49th overall, beating South Carolina and Louisiana which fell to #50 and #51. The study included District of Columbia as a separate ‘state.’ Also of note, Oregon and Idaho placed 16th and 22nd, respectively. Looks like our Northwest neighbors have some catching up to do. And so does the South. Most of the states in the bottom 10 are from the southern part of the country.

Other findings concluded that Blue states are friendlier to working moms than Red states and despite having a low overall ranking (48) Alabama has the highest female-to-male executive ratio.

The scoring method was broken down into three categories: child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance with each category divided into subcategories.

The findings have since been turned over to a panel of university professors, authors, and gender-role researchers to address five key questions produced by the research, with the goal to create a better workforce for working moms in the future. See their answers and view the whole study here.

In the separate categories, Washington scored:

  • 2nd – Day Care Quality
  • 17th – Ratio of Female to Male Executives
  • 7th – Median Women’s Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 22nd – Female Unemployment Rate
  • 8th – Parental Leave Policy Score
  • 9th – Length of the Average Woman’s Workday
  • 15th – Percentage of Single-Mom Families in Poverty

The data was obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Child Care Aware of America, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Partnership for Women & Families, and WalletHub Research.