Childcare workers are the rarest in Washington and Delaware | Smart Change: Personal Finance
Some sites have been able to cope better with the shortage of childcare workers than others. States in the upper-central US tend to have more favorable pedigrees, led by North Dakota and Nebraska at 48.8 and 57.2 children per worker, respectively. Several northeastern states including New York, Vermont, and New Jersey also have relatively low percentages. At the other end of the spectrum, four states—Washington, Delaware, Wisconsin, and New Mexico—have more than 200 children per childcare worker.
At the metro level, compensation may also explain why there are more children in some cities per childcare worker. Many cities with higher percentages have wages below the national average, and even cities that defy these trends, such as Seattle and San Jose, are high-cost locations where child care worker wages are not enough to live comfortably.
The data used in this analysis is from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau. To identify locations with a shortage of childcare workers, researchers at HowtoHome.com counted the number of children per childcare worker and ranked them from highest to lowest. In the event of a tie, the site with the most children ranked highest.
Here are the metropolitan areas in the United States with the greatest shortages of child care workers.