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Best (and Worst) States for Work-Life Balance

Alexandria Bova

It’s not easy to find balance in this fast-paced world. With technology like email and social media right at your fingertips, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to separate your work and home lives — and poor work-life balance is affecting Americans more than you think. The Harvard Business Review found that employee burnout accounts for $125 billion to $190 billion in healthcare spending. And 12% of employee turnover in 2018 was caused by a lack of work-life balance, according to the Work Institute’s 2019 Retention Report. It was the second-most popular response cited in the report, increasing by 20% since 2013.

To find out which states offer better work-life balance for Americans, GOBankingRates analyzed several factors across residents in every state, including average number of hours worked, mean commute time, overall well-being, cost of living and more. Well-being was assessed using Gallup data, which ranks each state on a well-being index. Cost of living was also scored on an index by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, with 100 set as the nationwide average; if a state’s cost-of-living score is under 100, it’s cheaper to live there compared to the rest of America.

One state in the West earned No. 1 in the ranking thanks to its high labor force participation rate and considerably low unemployment rate. In fact, many of the highest-ranking states are located in the Western and Midwestern regions of the country. You’ll find that it’s typically much easier to juggle your home life and career in the best places in the U.S. for work-life balance.

Last updated: Dec. 18, 2019

1. Utah

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 37.1
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 22
  • Labor force participation rate: 68.1%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.2%
  • Well-being index rank: 5
  • Cost-of-living index: 98.8
  • Median household income: $71,414

2. Montana

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.1
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 18.6
  • Labor force participation rate: 63.6%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 4
  • Cost-of-living index: 103.6
  • Median household income: $55,328

3. Minnesota

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.3
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 23.8
  • Labor force participation rate: 69.2%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.4%
  • Well-being index rank: 12
  • Cost-of-living index: 106.3
  • Median household income: $70,315

4. Vermont

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 37.9
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 23.6
  • Labor force participation rate: 65.7%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.8%
  • Well-being index rank: 7
  • Cost-of-living index: 111.1
  • Median household income: $60,782

5. South Dakota

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.6
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 17.3
  • Labor force participation rate: 68.2%
  • Unemployment rate: 3%
  • Well-being index rank: 9
  • Cost-of-living index: 99.2
  • Median household income: $56,274

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6. Iowa

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.9
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 19.5
  • Labor force participation rate: 66.9%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.6%
  • Well-being index rank: 26
  • Cost-of-living index: 97.8
  • Median household income: $59,955

7. New Hampshire

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.6
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 27.6
  • Labor force participation rate: 67%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.6%
  • Well-being index rank: 11
  • Cost-of-living index: 102.7
  • Median household income: $74,991

8. Nebraska

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.5
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 18.8
  • Labor force participation rate: 69.1%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 18
  • Cost-of-living index: 98.1
  • Median household income: $59,566

9. Idaho

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.5
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 21
  • Labor force participation rate: 62.1%
  • Unemployment rate: 4%
  • Well-being index rank: 22
  • Cost-of-living index: 92.6
  • Median household income: $55,583

10. Colorado

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.2
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 25.9
  • Labor force participation rate: 68.7%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.9%
  • Well-being index rank: 6
  • Cost-of-living index: 96.3
  • Median household income: $71,953

11. Connecticut

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.2
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 26.8
  • Labor force participation rate: 66%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 16
  • Cost-of-living index: 108.4
  • Median household income: $76,348

12. Massachusetts

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.1
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 30.5
  • Labor force participation rate: 66.8%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.8%
  • Well-being index rank: 17
  • Cost-of-living index: 113.7
  • Median household income: $79,835

13. Maine

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.3
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 24.1
  • Labor force participation rate: 62.9%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 21
  • Cost-of-living index: 108.9
  • Median household income: $55,602

14. Oregon

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 37.9
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 23.8
  • Labor force participation rate: 62.6%
  • Unemployment rate: 5%
  • Well-being index rank: 28
  • Cost-of-living index: 114.7
  • Median household income: $63,426

15. Wisconsin

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.8
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 22
  • Labor force participation rate: 66%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.2%
  • Well-being index rank: 39
  • Cost-of-living index: 96.9
  • Median household income: $60,773

16. Rhode Island

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 25
  • Labor force participation rate: 63.8%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 25
  • Cost-of-living index: 105
  • Median household income: $64,340

17. North Dakota

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 40.4
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 17.7
  • Labor force participation rate: 69.6%
  • Unemployment rate: 2.8%
  • Well-being index rank: 10
  • Cost-of-living index: 105.4
  • Median household income: $63,837

18. Kansas

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.2
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 19.7
  • Labor force participation rate: 66.3%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.8%
  • Well-being index rank: 35
  • Cost-of-living index: 93.3
  • Median household income: $58,218

19. Wyoming

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 40.3
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 16.2
  • Labor force participation rate: 65.8%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.9%
  • Well-being index rank: 3
  • Cost-of-living index: 102.7
  • Median household income: $61,584

20. Hawaii

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.6
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 27.6
  • Labor force participation rate: 65.6%
  • Unemployment rate: 3.8%
  • Well-being index rank: 1
  • Cost-of-living index: 160.8
  • Median household income: $80,212

21. Washington

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.7
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 28.4
  • Labor force participation rate: 64.6%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.3%
  • Well-being index rank: 13
  • Cost-of-living index: 108.1
  • Median household income: $74,073

22. Michigan

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.3
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 24.7
  • Labor force participation rate: 61.5%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.3%
  • Well-being index rank: 33
  • Cost-of-living index: 87.8
  • Median household income: $56,697

23. California

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.3
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 30.2
  • Labor force participation rate: 63.9%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 14
  • Cost-of-living index: 117.9
  • Median household income: $75,277

24. Nevada

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.8
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 24.9
  • Labor force participation rate: 63.6%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.6%
  • Well-being index rank: 19
  • Cost-of-living index: 95.1
  • Median household income: $58,646

25. Ohio

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.6
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 23.6
  • Labor force participation rate: 63.1%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.9%
  • Well-being index rank: 38
  • Cost-of-living index: 98.2
  • Median household income: $56,111

26. Virginia

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.2
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 28.7
  • Labor force participation rate: 65.4%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.2%
  • Well-being index rank: 27
  • Cost-of-living index: 96.7
  • Median household income: $72,577

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27. Indiana

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 23.9
  • Labor force participation rate: 64%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.4%
  • Well-being index rank: 41
  • Cost-of-living index: 90.6
  • Median household income: $55,746

28. Arizona

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.8
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 25.7
  • Labor force participation rate: 59.8%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.4%
  • Well-being index rank: 15
  • Cost-of-living index: 99.9
  • Median household income: $59,246

29. Delaware

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.8
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 26.4
  • Labor force participation rate: 62.1%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.7%
  • Well-being index rank: 8
  • Cost-of-living index: 121.2
  • Median household income: $64,805

30. New Jersey

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.7
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 32.4
  • Labor force participation rate: 65.8%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.9%
  • Well-being index rank: 31
  • Cost-of-living index: 109.6
  • Median household income: $81,740

31. Missouri

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.9
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 24
  • Labor force participation rate: 62.5%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.2%
  • Well-being index rank: 40
  • Cost-of-living index: 99.1
  • Median household income: $54,478

32. Pennsylvania

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.7
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 27.2
  • Labor force participation rate: 62.8%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.9%
  • Well-being index rank: 34
  • Cost-of-living index: 103.3
  • Median household income: $60,905

33. New Mexico

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.3
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 23
  • Labor force participation rate: 56.2%
  • Unemployment rate: 6.1%
  • Well-being index rank: 30
  • Cost-of-living index: 101.4
  • Median household income: $47,169

34. Illinois

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.6
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 29.4
  • Labor force participation rate: 65.4%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 42
  • Cost-of-living index: 97
  • Median household income: $65,030

35. Maryland

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.9
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 33.3
  • Labor force participation rate: 67.7%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.9%
  • Well-being index rank: 32
  • Cost-of-living index: 118.8
  • Median household income: $83,242

36. Florida

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.9
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 28
  • Labor force participation rate: 58.7%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.2%
  • Well-being index rank: 20
  • Cost-of-living index: 104.1
  • Median household income: $55,462

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37. North Carolina

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.3
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 24.8
  • Labor force participation rate: 62.4%
  • Unemployment rate: 5%
  • Well-being index rank: 36
  • Cost-of-living index: 98.5
  • Median household income: $53,855

38. Kentucky

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.9
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 23.5
  • Labor force participation rate: 59.3%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.2%
  • Well-being index rank: 48
  • Cost-of-living index: 93.2
  • Median household income: $50,247

39. New York

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 38.4
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 34
  • Labor force participation rate: 62.9%
  • Unemployment rate: 5%
  • Well-being index rank: 37
  • Cost-of-living index: 112.6
  • Median household income: $67,844

40. Georgia

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.4
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 29
  • Labor force participation rate: 63.1%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.8%
  • Well-being index rank: 23
  • Cost-of-living index: 99.2
  • Median household income: $58,756

41. South Carolina

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 25.1
  • Labor force participation rate: 60.3%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.3%
  • Well-being index rank: 39
  • Cost-of-living index: 101.6
  • Median household income: $52,306

42. Texas

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 40
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 26.7
  • Labor force participation rate: 64.5%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.9%
  • Well-being index rank: 29
  • Cost-of-living index: 89.5
  • Median household income: $60,629

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43. Oklahoma

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.8
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 22.1
  • Labor force participation rate: 61.2%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.4%
  • Well-being index rank: 45
  • Cost-of-living index: 94.9
  • Median household income: $51,924

44. Arkansas

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.6
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 21.7
  • Labor force participation rate: 57.9%
  • Unemployment rate: 4.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 49
  • Cost-of-living index: 90.3
  • Median household income: $47,062

45. Tennessee

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.3
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 25.4
  • Labor force participation rate: 61.3%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.5%
  • Well-being index rank: 46
  • Cost-of-living index: 94.3
  • Median household income: $52,375

46. Alabama

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 25.2
  • Labor force participation rate: 56.8%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.6%
  • Well-being index rank: 44
  • Cost-of-living index: 95.9
  • Median household income: $49,861

47. Alaska

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 41.7
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 19.1
  • Labor force participation rate: 67.9%
  • Unemployment rate: 6.8%
  • Well-being index rank: 3
  • Cost-of-living index: 132.9
  • Median household income: $74,346

48. West Virginia

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.2
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 26.5
  • Labor force participation rate: 53%
  • Unemployment rate: 5.8%
  • Well-being index rank: 50
  • Cost-of-living index: 91.1
  • Median household income: $44,097

49. Louisiana

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.7
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 26.3
  • Labor force participation rate: 58.9%
  • Unemployment rate: 6.4%
  • Well-being index rank: 43
  • Cost-of-living index: 97.6
  • Median household income: $47,905

50. Mississippi

  • Average number of hours worked per week: 39.4
  • Mean travel time to work (in minutes): 25
  • Labor force participation rate: 56.6%
  • Unemployment rate: 7.1%
  • Well-being index rank: 47
  • Cost-of-living index: 94.2
  • Median household income: $44,717

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Methodology: GOBankingRates determined the best and worst states for work-life balance by analyzing all 50 U.S. states along the following criteria: (1) average number of hours worked per week, (2) mean travel time to work in minutes, (3) labor force participation rate, (4) unemployment rate, and (5) median household income, all sourced from the Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey; (6) well-being index rank, sourced from Gallup’s 2018 Wellbeing Index survey; and (7) cost-of-living index, sourced from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center’s Cost of Living Index Composite for the third quarter of 2019. Each factor was scored, added up and ranked from best to worst. Average number of hours worked per week and mean travel time were weighted more than the other factors in final scoring. All data used to conduct this ranking was compiled and verified on Dec. 3, 2019.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Best (and Worst) States for Work-Life Balance