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How Much Does Child Care Cost?

Learn about your different care options, what they mean for your wallet, and how you can save money. WALTHAM, Mass. -- For the fourth year in a row, Care.com’s Cost of Care Survey culled in-depth insights from more than 1,000 parents nationwide about their child care spending habits, including... more

These Cities Are Seeing the Fastest Growth for In-Home Senior Care Jobs

The need for in-home senior care is growing rapidly in the U.S. Care.com identified the cities that are seeing the fastest job growth. By now, most of us are aware of the fact that the "65 and older" crowd is growing at a breakneck pace. By 2050, this... more

The Best -- and Worst -- States for Child Care, Ranked in Order

Which state ranks the best for child care? And where does your state fall on this list? This week, Care.com introduced the Care Index, the first comprehensive data report on the current state of child care in the U.S., which ranks states based on quality, affordability and availability. The... more

Think You're a Neat Freak? Here's Where People Pay the Most for Housekeeping

These are the U.S. cities that spend the most money on making -- and keeping -- their homes clean and tidy. Picture this: Your living room floor, free of children's toys and assorted homework assignments.  A bedroom, any bedroom, minus those massive piles of laundry that loom menacingly in... more

Here's How Much Longer Women Have to Work to Earn the Same as Men

For Equal Pay Day, Care.com identified how much longer women in 525 professions will have to work to earn the same salary as men. Today is Equal Pay Day. If you haven't heard of this day before, we don’t blame you -- it's not one to be celebrated... more

The Care.com Cost of Child Care Survey: 2015 Report

The Care.com 2015 Cost of Care Survey revealed what your different child care options mean for your wallet and how you can save money. Child care is expensive. Year over year, its the largest annual household expense, averaging $18,000 for families in the United States. And its an ongoing... more

The Care.com 2015 Babysitter Survey Results

Care.com released the latest results of its Babysitter Survey to determine the trends in babysitter pay and hiring.  The average babysitting rate is about $15.02 per hour, as of Care.com's 2015 Cost of Care data. But that rate varies widely depending on a number of factors. How can... more

Cities vs. Suburbs: Where Can American Parents Save the Most Money?

A 2017 study from Care.com and Zillow found that city families spend more on cost of living expenses than their suburban counterparts. Figuring out where our families will live and grow is arguably one of the most exciting parts of “adulting." (Let’s be real: who doesn’t enjoy scrolling through... more