Less than a week out from Father's Day, Ryan Lindberg is toiling as a business analyst for Wells Fargo. The full-time working dad, who splits parenting hours with his son Marlowe's mother, isn't a slave to life's daily tightrope act.
Quite the contrary.
Gratitude fills the 35-year-old Lindberg. During the school year, he accompanies nine-year-old Marlowe on the morning walk to Armatage Elementary. Lindberg commutes into the office either by bike or by bus; there are three routes to choose from within a short jaunt of their southwest Minneapolis home. Now that it's summer break, Marlowe spends the days at a camp provided by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
"This is a good place to be a working dad," Lindberg says without hesitation.
The experts agree.
Personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the 50 states in an attempt to gauge the most favorable cities for working dads. It explored four key areas — well-being, work-life balance, child care, and health.
Minnesota ranks as the best.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes scores highest in two of the four categories, placing second in well-being and health. According to the study, working dads here make decent money, exercise, and have plenty of doctors to pick from when the time comes for a prostate exam.
The state receives its lowest grades for child care. Minnesota ranked ninth in the category that factored in access to pediatric services, child care affordability, and quality of schools.