Another Top-10 List — Best Cities for Working Woman

Woman have grown from filling 29 percent of all jobs in 1967 to almost 50 percent today. In 2011, four-in-ten mothers were the primary breadwinner for their family.

Thus the income for many is critical to the well being of their family.

Statistics, however, show that median women’s pay typically remains less than men’s. Recent press revealed that even the White House failed to pay women equally.

Nerdwallet analyzed 522 cities to gauge where women fared the best. They split the cities into three rankings: Large, Median and Small, with the population breakdowns of 300,000 plus. 100,000 to 300,0000, and less than 100,000, respectively.

Included in their scoring index were:

  • Women’s median salary for full-time, year round employment along with median rents as a proxy for a cost of living (each of the two equally weighted)
  • Women’s median income as a percentage of men’s
  • Population growth from 2009 to 2012, serving as a proxy for economic growth

So where are the best cities for women in the workplace in the U.S. according to Nerdwallet’s index?

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To see these data plus a list of the top 20 cities in each of the large, medium and small city groups, click

While we all know there are numerous other factors that make up a person’s best place to live, just the comparable incomes are revealing statistics. I would also add statistics for job growth, crime, climate and true cost of living comparisons.

Still a very interesting study.


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