We’ve Ranked Each US State Base On Its Work-Life Balance

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Working 40-plus hours a week and braving a hellish commute? This is not a common problem.

It may feel like you’re always slogging away at work, but it turns out some states do better than others when it comes to work-life balance. We have ranked each state’s work-life balance from best to worst.

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To get this ranking, the American Work-Life Balance Index measured each US state using four factors:

1. Average number of weekly hours worked over the past 12 months for workers ages 16 to 64, according to the United States Census Bureau.

2. Average commute time in minutes, according to the United States Census Bureau.

3. Average Glassdoor work-life balance review score of companies based in each state using a sample of 1,800 companies. The Glassdoor data for Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska was not available so the final score was calculated using the three other factors 4. The state’s rank on Gallup’s 2019 Well-Being Index on a scale of 1 (best) to 50 (worst).

Based on these four factors, the American Work-Life Balance Index assigned each state a total score out of 10 possible points.

1. BEST: Utah

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Average hours worked/week: 37.3

Average commute time (in minutes): 22.5

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 4. 03

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 5

TOTAL SCORE : 9. 12/10

2. Vermont

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Average hours worked/week: 37.4

Average commute time (in minutes): 24

Glassdoor work-life balance score: N/A

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 7

TOTAL SCORE : 8. 43/10

3. Montana

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Average hours worked/week: 38.4

Average commute time (in minutes): 19.5

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3.7

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 4

TOTAL SCORE : 8. 23/10

4. Wyoming

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Average hours worked/week: 40.3

Average commute time (in minutes): 19.1

Glassdoor work-life balance score: N/A

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 2

TOTAL SCORE : 7. 62/10

5. Maine

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Average hours worked/week: 38.4

Average commute time (in minutes): 24.6

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 4. 05

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 21

TOTAL SCORE : 7. 57/10

6. Nebraska

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Average hours worked/week: 39.4

Average commute time (in minutes): 19.5

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 75

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 18

TOTAL SCORE : 7. 19/10

7. North Dakota

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Average hours worked/week: 40.1

Average commute time (in minutes): 17.9

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3.6

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 10

TOTAL SCORE : 7. 06/10

8. Delaware

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Average hours worked/week: 38.1

Average commute time (in minutes): 26.7

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 63

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 8

TOTAL SCORE : 7. 04/10

9. Iowa

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Average hours worked/week: 39

Average commute time (in minutes): 19.8

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 72

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 26

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 92/10

10. Hawaii

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Average hours worked/week: 39

Average commute time (in minutes): 28.1

Glassdoor work-life balance score: N/A

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 1

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 91/10

11. New Mexico

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Average hours worked/week: 38.3

Average commute time (in minutes): 22.6

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3.8

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 30

TOTAL SCORE : 6.9/10

12. Minnesota

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Average hours worked/week: 38.2

Average commute time (in minutes): 24.4

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 52

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 12

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 87/10

13. Oregon

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Average hours worked/week: 37.8

Average commute time (in minutes): 24.2

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 69

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 28

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 77/10

14. Idaho

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Average hours worked/week: 38.5

Average commute time (in minutes): 21.5

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 45

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 22

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 48/10

15. Connecticut

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Average hours worked/week: 37.9

Average commute time (in minutes): 27

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 51

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 16

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 46/10

16. Alaska

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Average hours worked/week: 41.6

Average commute time (in minutes): 20.2

Glassdoor work-life balance score: N/A

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 3

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 45/10

17. Rhode Island

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Average hours worked/week: 37.4

Average commute time (in minutes): 25.7

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 47

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 25

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 37

18. Wisconsin

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Average hours worked/week: 38.6

Average commute time (in minutes): 22.7

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 53

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 24

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 36/10

19. Colorado

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Average hours worked/week: 39.1

Average commute time (in minutes): 26.5

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 48

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 6

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 29/10

20. Washington

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Average hours worked/week: 38.7

Average commute time (in minutes): 28.8

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 65

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 13

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 25/10

21. California

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Average hours worked/week: 38.2

Average commute time (in minutes): 30.7

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 67

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 14

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 24/10

22. Arizona

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Average hours worked/week: 38.7

Average commute time (in minutes): 26.6

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 53

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 15

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 18/10

23. New Hampshire

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Average hours worked/week: 38.6

Average commute time (in minutes): 28

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 48

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 11

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 11/10

24. Massachusetts

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Average hours worked/week: 38

Average commute time (in minutes): 31

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 63

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 17

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 07/10

25. South Dakota

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Average hours worked/week: 39.9

Average commute time (in minutes): 17.9

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3.1

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 9

TOTAL SCORE : 6. 02/10

26. Kansas

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Average hours worked/week: 39.2

Average commute time (in minutes): 20

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 48

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 35

TOTAL SCORE : 5.8/10

27. Michigan

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Average hours worked/week: 38.2

Average commute time (in minutes): 25.1

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 52

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 33

TOTAL SCORE : 5. 49/10

28. Mississippi

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Average hours worked/week: 39.3

Average commute time (in minutes): 25.1

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 4

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 47

TOTAL SCORE : 5. 72/10

29. Nevada

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Average hours worked/week: 38.9

Average commute time (in minutes): 25.6

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 39

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 19

TOTAL SCORE : 5.7/10

30. Indiana

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Average hours worked/week: 38.7

Average commute time (in minutes): 24.2

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 67

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 41

TOTAL SCORE : 5. 66/10

31. Virginia

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Average hours worked/week: 39

Average commute time (in minutes): 29.1

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 68

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 27

TOTAL SCORE : 5. 47/10

32. Missouri

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Average hours worked/week: 38.9

Average commute time (in minutes): 24.3

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 61

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 40

TOTAL SCORE : 5. 44/10

33. Ohio

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Average hours worked/week: 38.3

Average commute time (in minutes): 24.3

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 41

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 38

TOTAL SCORE : 5. 37/10

34. Florida

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Average hours worked/week: 38.9

Average commute time (in minutes): 28.4

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 42

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 20

TOTAL SCORE : 5. 34/10

35. Pennsylvania

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Average hours worked/week: 38.7

Average commute time (in minutes): 27.8

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 47

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 34

TOTAL SCORE : 5/10

36. Georgia

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Average hours worked/week: 39.4

Average commute time (in minutes): 29.3

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3.5

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 23

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 99/10

37. Alabama

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Average hours worked/week: 39.2

Average commute time (in minutes): 25.4

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3.6

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 44

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 92/10

38. South Carolina

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Average hours worked/week: 39.2

Average commute time (in minutes): 26

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 52

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 39

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 88/10

39. Louisiana

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Average hours worked/week: 39.5

Average commute time (in minutes): 26.6

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3.7

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 43

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 88/10

40. New Jersey

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Average hours worked/week: 38.6

Average commute time (in minutes): 33.1

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 65

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 31

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 87/10

41. North Carolina

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Average hours worked/week: 39

Average commute time (in minutes): 25.7

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 37

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 36

TOTAL SCORE : 4.8/10

42. Texas

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Average hours worked/week: 40

Average commute time (in minutes): 27.2

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 51

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 29

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 72/10

43. Oklahoma

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Average hours worked/week: 39.9

Average commute time (in minutes): 22.7

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 49

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 45

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 62/10

44. Kentucky

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Average hours worked/week: 39

Average commute time (in minutes): 24.2

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 43

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 48

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 61/10

45. New York

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Average hours worked/week: 38.2

Average commute time (in minutes): 34

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 51

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 37

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 36/10

46. Illinois

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Average hours worked/week: 38.7

Average commute time (in minutes): 29.6

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 43

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 42

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 29/10

47. Arkansas

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Average hours worked/week: 39.3

Average commute time (in minutes): 21.9

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 23

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 49

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 26/10

48. West Virginia

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Average hours worked/week: 39.3

Average commute time (in minutes): 26.4

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3.5

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 50

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 21/10

49. Maryland

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Average hours worked/week: 38.8

Average commute time (in minutes): 33.7

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 44

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 32

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 14/10

50. WORST: Tennessee

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Average hours worked/week: 39.3

Average commute time (in minutes): 25.9

Glassdoor work-life balance score: 3. 32

Gallup well-being rank (lower = better): 46

TOTAL SCORE : 4. 03/10

How do you feel about your work-life balance? Comment below to share your views.

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