Child Care Costs by State

In the past few years, child-care costs have risen to a nearly unaffordable level for most Americans, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. Officially, affordable child care should cost 7% or less of a family’s annual household income. In reality, however, no state in the U.S. is currently able to provide such a rate for childcare costs, with some states having these costs exceed the gap between the subsidy rate afforded by the state by  $400 a month. 

President Joe Biden, in his Build Back Better plan, reiterated that America is committed to making child-rearing cost affordable, allocating the largest investment budget for child care in history. However, the high-level efforts to assuage working parents’ concerns about raising kids haven’t rendered a noticeable outcome as a majority of parents in 2022 are yet paying more child-care costs than they did in the previous years, and many still cannot afford to send their infant or toddler to child care. 

States across the country have also taken steps to lower the cost through various measures such as granting more child care tax credits to financially struggling parents. But many families are still faced with expenses for daycare far above what they can afford, and need for one of the parents to stay at home and take care of the kids to lower childcare costs. Unsurprisingly, this predominantly affects women, as mothers are still usually the ones staying at home full-time in such situations, as a Pew Research Center study has shown. 

Learn for yourself how states compare to one another in terms of child-care costs by surveying the data in the charts.

Child Care Costs by State

Alabama

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22.2%

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11.9%

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39.8%

#5 in the US

Alaska

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31%

#23 in the US

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16.9%

#19 in the US

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57.2%

#24 in the US

Arizona

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35.2%

#10 in the US

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19.8%

#38 in the US

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43.9%

#7 in the US

Arkansas

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26.2%

#40 in the US

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14.6%

#9 in the US

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33.1%

#1 in the US

California

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41.8%

#1 in the US

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24.9%

#51 in the US

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62.7%

#31 in the US

Colorado

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37.9%

#6 in the US

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21%

#45 in the US

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61.4%

#29 in the US

Connecticut

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33.3%

#17 in the US

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18.3%

#32 in the US

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73.8%

#42 in the US

Delaware

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28.9%

#31 in the US

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16%

#20 in the US

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60.6%

#26 in the US

Florida

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30.7%

#26 in the US

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17.2%

#26 in the US

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51.9%

#12 in the US

Georgia

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28.7%

#32 in the US

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15.5%

#14 in the US

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56.6%

#20 in the US

Hawaii

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26.4%

#41 in the US

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16%

#21 in the US

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65.4%

#35 in the US

Idaho

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24.8%

#44 in the US

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13.3%

#7 in the US

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49.6%

#11 in the US

Illinois

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35.2%

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20.1%

#41 in the US

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66.4%

#37 in the US

Indiana

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38.7%

#4 in the US

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22%

#47 in the US

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83.6%

#47 in the US

Iowa

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28%

#33 in the US

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15.3%

#15 in the US

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68.8%

#40 in the US

Kansas

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32.3%

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18.1%

#33 in the US

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74.4%

#43 in the US

Kentucky

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23.8%

#47 in the US

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11.9%

#4 in the US

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42.5%

#6 in the US

Louisiana

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27.6%

#36 in the US

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14.6%

#10 in the US

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51.2%

#13 in the US

Maine

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28.3%

#34 in the US

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15.1%

#16 in the US

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37.9%

#4 in the US

Maryland

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29.4%

#29 in the US

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17.6%

#27 in the US

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67%

#38 in the US

Massachusetts

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39.1%

#2 in the US

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22.7%

#48 in the US

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78.9%

#45 in the US

Michigan

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34.6%

#15 in the US

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19%

#39 in the US

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54.1%

#18 in the US

Minnesota

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37.4%

#7 in the US

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21.2%

#46 in the US

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77.3%

#44 in the US

Mississippi

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21.9%

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11.7%

#5 in the US

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36.1%

#3 in the US

Missouri

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29.2%

#30 in the US

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17.2%

#28 in the US

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51.1%

#14 in the US

Montana

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30.9%

#27 in the US

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16.5%

#22 in the US

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52.9%

#16 in the US

Nebraska

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36.6%

#8 in the US

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19.2%

#40 in the US

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67.2%

#39 in the US

Nevada

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35.9%

#12 in the US

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20%

#42 in the US

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60.9%

#27 in the US

New Hampshire

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27.7%

#37 in the US

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15.3%

#17 in the US

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84.8%

#49 in the US

New Jersey

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26.8%

#42 in the US

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14.6%

#11 in the US

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56.8%

#21 in the US

New Mexico

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34.4%

#16 in the US

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18.3%

#34 in the US

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46%

#8 in the US

New York

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39.8%

#3 in the US

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22.1%

#49 in the US

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62.7%

#32 in the US

North Carolina

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33%

#18 in the US

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17.8%

#29 in the US

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62.9%

#33 in the US

North Dakota

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24%

#45 in the US

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12.6%

#6 in the US

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60.3%

#28 in the US

Ohio

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30.7%

#28 in the US

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16.9%

#23 in the US

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53.6%

#17 in the US

Oklahoma

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28.7%

#35 in the US

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16.2%

#24 in the US

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56.9%

#22 in the US

Oregon

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38.5%

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22.2%

#50 in the US

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54.6%

#19 in the US

Pennsylvania

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31.9%

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17.5%

#30 in the US

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78.5%

#46 in the US

Rhode Island

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36.4%

#9 in the US

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20.5%

#43 in the US

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62.7%

#34 in the US

South Carolina

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25%

#43 in the US

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13.5%

#8 in the US

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46.5%

#9 in the US

South Dakota

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20.2%

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10.2%

#2 in the US

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33.7%

#2 in the US

Tennessee

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31%

#25 in the US

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16.7%

#25 in the US

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57.9%

#25 in the US

Texas

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27.6%

#38 in the US

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15.7%

#18 in the US

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61.8%

#30 in the US

Utah

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24.7%

#46 in the US

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14%

#12 in the US

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65.9%

#36 in the US

Vermont

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35.1%

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18.3%

#35 in the US

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56.2%

#23 in the US

Virginia

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32.2%

#21 in the US

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18.2%

#36 in the US

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93.3%

#50 in the US

Washington

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35.5%

#14 in the US

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20.2%

#44 in the US

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51.8%

#15 in the US

West Virginia

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32%

#22 in the US

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17.1%

#31 in the US

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48%

#10 in the US

Wisconsin

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33.6%

#19 in the US

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18.5%

#37 in the US

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83.3%

#48 in the US

Wyoming

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27.4%

#39 in the US

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14.9%

#13 in the US

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70.6%

#41 in the US

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