Massachusetts has been revealed as the best state for US LGBTQ+ citizens to live and work in, according to a new study released by OutOfOffice.com.
The newly released US Workplace Equality Index has named the best and worst US states for LGBTQ+ workers, analysing factors across LGBT rights, employment and overall quality of life.
The top 10 states for LGBTQ+ workers according to the US Workplace Equality Index are:
9) New Hampshire
The study determined the best states by closely analysing each of the below factors across every state:
- Percentage of LGBTQ+ population
- Hate crime protection against LGBT discrimination
- LGBTQ+ Property Rights
- LGBTQ+ Employment Rights
- Average Salary
- Living Costs
- Unemployment Rate
- Social Activities
- Overall Happiness
Massachusetts came out as a front-runner across every factor analysed from laws to protect against hate crime, to a high average salary of $66,069 and a low unemployment rate.
In second place is Colorado with a slightly lower LGBTQ+ population and lower average income tha Massachusetts. However, Colorado did also offer lower living costs and a high level of social activities.
Ranking as the worst state for LGBTQ+ workers is Mississippi, which does not have necessary laws in place to protect LGBTQ+ workers against discrimination.
Check out the full results over on the report page here.