The best working-mom environment in the U.S. can be found in Oregon, while the least attractive conditions are in Louisiana.

That's the conclusion of a detailed analysis by WalletHub, which evaluated the attractiveness of each state to working moms based on nine key metrics: day care quality, child care costs, pediatric services accessibility, public school quality, gender pay gap, ratio of male to female execs, parental leave policy, average woman's workday length and average commute time.

No Southern state cracked the top 10; Tennessee came the closest, tied for 15thwith New Jersey.&nbspSome might claim the District of Columbia as Southern, however, and it placed No. 2.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.