Parents know that child care isn’t cheap, but they might not realize how much those costs differ across the United States—or how much of their income they can expect to spend.
On top of that, with added challenges and more time at home during the pandemic, how are parents handling their child care alongside work?
Using data from the Economic Policy Institute and the US Census Bureau, we dug into the average cost of child care and compared it to the average income in each state. We also surveyed parents, asking them about child care and how the pandemic has affected them.
If you’re thinking about moving across the country, you may find a better way to manage your work, income, and time by finding affordable child care. How does your state compare for child care?