It’s no secret that it having a baby isn’t exactly cheap, and that’s particularly true when it comes to child care. Unless you can afford to stay home with your kid, or have parents or in-laws willing to watch them when you are at work, it’s going to cost you.
So when it comes to childcare, just how bad is it really? Well, a new report by Child Care Aware of America finds that the cost of child care is basically unaffordable in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More specifically, the cost of center-based infant care is 27% higher than the median household income for single working parents.
What’s more, in 35 states and DC, child care fees for two children in 2017 was more than most people’s mortgage payments, and in 28 states and DC the cost of center-based care for an infant was more than a year of tuition at a four-year public college.
Of course, child care costs are more expensive in some states than others. The report finds the least affordable state for center-base care for toddlers is Massachusetts, while for infants it’s California. The other most unaffordable states for both infants and toddlers include Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, New York, Washington and Hawaii.