Trending: Where the Working Moms Live


Mother’s Day is coming on Sunday, and in honor of the holiday, we decided to take a peek at mothers around Southwestern Connecticut to get a sense for how they compare to mothers across the country.

Nationally, about 6 in 10 new mothers are a part of the labor force, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Here in Connecticut the rate is a bit higher, at 66.9 percent. But you’ll find a lot of variation from town to town — some that you would expect, and some that you wouldn’t. For instance, would you have guessed that working moms are actually less common in Stamford than they are in New Canaan?

We picked through census data to compare the rates of working mothers across the 31 towns in Southwestern Connecticut, but there were a few towns we had to leave off the list, due to a low number of births, which could skew the numbers (Easton, Monroe, Redding, Seymour, Sherman and Weston all had fewer than 100 births registered in the newest census data set and were left off the analysis). On the whole, Southwestern Connecticut lined up with the national trends; 14 of the 25 towns had a higher percentage of working moms than the national average.

But there were also some outliers. Across America, there is only one state with fewer than half of new moms in the labor force: Utah, with 49.1 percent. But here in Southwestern Connecticut, there are six towns with figures even lower than Utah’s, including Westport, which had the fewest working new mothers at 34 percent.

Stay tuned for a special Sunday edition of Trending in this week’s paper for more on motherhood in Southwestern Connecticut!

Maggie Gordon

4 Responses

  1. @Scott – I am planning on doing stories about fatherhood for Father’s Day. I’m not 100 percent certain what the exact topic will be yet, but I have been thinking about looking at how fatherhood has become much more active in recent years, and yeah single fathers and working fathers would be a part of that.

  2. Scott says:

    Are you going to do a story about working Fathers on Father’s day? What is so great about a working mother? I am a working, full-time single Father, can we see a story on more men like me?

  3. Paul says:

    With each passing “Trending” piece it appears more and more as if this is simply the reporter doing research for herself. Whether it is where to live, who gets married at what age and now about working moms, does anyone not think this is just glorified research using readily available data? No one is interested in any of this and as Randy correctly states, this in no way is journalism, but rather a glorified twitter feed.

  4. Randy says:

    Another boring article which no one is interested in. If The Advocate cannot give this girl some real work, as in journalism work, then simply terminate her. Having her replicate the American Community Survey, and calling it journalism, is offensive. Save her from the embarassment already and give her a pink slip out the door, not that she has been any better than the other worthless journalists at The Advocate, including the creep that sits in the courtroom begging attorney’s for access to their clients.