14 May 2015

Map Shows Which States in America Have the Most Stay-At-Home Dads

Not too long ago it was relatively unheard of for a father to be a full-time stay-at-home parent.
That is definitely not the case anymore. Currently, 1.9 million men nationwide identify as full-time caretakers. To put that number into perspective, in the 1970’s only six men classified themselves as stay-at-home dads.
Thanks to a map created by The Huffington Post, now we can see which states have the most stay-at-home male caregivers:
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As you can see, Utah carries the least amount of stay-at-home fathers with only 7%, while South Dakota harbors the highest amount with a whopping 39%.
The reasons for these findings are correlated with some interesting variables.
For example, 80% of these dads would be working outside of the home if they could. Often, these reasons are very complicated and personal, but they typically include the job market and the cost of raising a child.
Research shows that areas with a high rate of stay-at-home dads, like West Virginia for example, are linked with high unemployment rates.
The Huffington Post also compiled data from the Pew Research Center comparing the specific number of stay-at-home dads, moms and parents (among those polled):
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To all the moms and dads out there taking one for the team and staying home to raise their kids.  

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