• June 22, 2024

California is the best state to raise a family as a single parent, study finds

There are palm trees on the skyline in Los Angeles after sunrise. The photo was taken by Patrick T Fallon.

A study has found that California is the best state to raise a family as a single parent.

The skyline of Los Angeles after sunrise has palm trees above homes. The photo was taken by Patrick T. Fallon

The rate of children living with a single parent in the US is three times higher than the global rate.

A new study shows that California is the best place to be if your family falls into this category.

The best places to raise a family as a single parent are based on 10 criteria, including income, affordability, time factors, and workplace protections.

While the cost of living in California is high and it can take a long time to commute, the Golden State landed at the top of the list due to high marks for workplace protections.

California has eight weeks of paid family leave a year, which is why it has the highest workplace protection score. The study found that California gives 40 hours a year of free time to attend school activities, which is more than any other state.

Some of the state’s family friendly policies can make a really big difference to families. Knowing that you can take family leave or go to your daughter’s concert without putting your job in jeopardy is big.

California had the sixth highest income score, based on an average single parent income of $60,235.

California residents who earn less than $73,885 a year are eligible for child care assistance, which is the highest amount in the US.

Massachusetts was ranked second on the list. Georgia was the last one.

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