The Best Cities for Working Women in 2018

by Jerrell Jenkins MagnifyMoney recently analyzed and ranked the largest 50 metros to determine where the average working woman might have the best opportunity at equal pay and advancement in the workplace.

With Equal Pay Day right around the corner (April 10), it’s interesting to see where each metro falls on the list.

Here’s how MagnifyMoney chose the best cities for working women:

  • The rate of women who are unemployed.
  • The rate of businesses with employees that are owned, either equally or entirely, by women.
  • The rate of people in management occupations who are women.
  • The percentage gap between median earnings for women and men (i.e. the wage gap).
  • The rate of women between the ages of 18 and 64 who have employer-based health insurance.
  • The percentage of median income required to pay for day care, because access to child care is essential for the ability to work outside of the home.
  • The percentage of the state’s legislature (or the District Council, in the case of Washington, D.C.) who are women.
  • The protections offered by states to pregnant women and working parents, such as state-funded paid parental leave, protection for taking off time to attend school events and mandated accommodations for pregnant women.

The top three cities where working women seem to fare better were in different regions:

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Minneapolis
  3. Sacramento, Calif.

There’s still work that needs to be done to close the gap. A few cities recorded a very low final score:

  1. Detroit
  2. Memphis, Tenn.
  3. Oklahoma City