Which states are better for women?  Look to the north.

Wallethub.com has released its list of '2021 Best and Worst States for Women', where many factors were taken in to rank each states status of 'Women's Economic and Social Well-Being'.

Maine ranked second in the nation for best state in the nation for women's economic and social well-being, beat out only by the State of Minnesota.

Factors in the list included earnings based on cost of living in each state, uninsured rates, voting in the 2016 presidential election, life expectancy, graduation rates, and percentage of women-owned businesses in the state.

Maine seems to be a state of extremes on the list however, where Maine ranked on of the worst in the nation, forty-seventh, for 'Lowest Median Earnings for Female Workers', meaning women make a lower income here in the state compared to other states.  This factor does adjust for cost of living and is only ahead of five other states, including Idaho, New York, Utah and California.

On a positive note, however, Maine ranked second in the nation for 'Highest Percentage of Women Who Voted in the 2016 Presidential Election'.

Here's the list for the top 10 States the ranked 'Best for Women in the United States' based on the Wallethub.com findings:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont
  4. North Dakota
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Iowa
  7. Washington
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Wisconsin
  10. South Dakota

Looking at the entire list, a trend throughout the nation was how 'blue states' were much more 'women-friendly' than 'red states'

The ten states the ranked the worst in the nation included:

51. Mississippi

50. Alabama

49. Arkansas

48. Louisiana


46. South Carolina

45. Texas

44. Nevada

43. West Virginia

42. New Mexico

Check out the full list and additional findings at wallethub.com.

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