Best Cities In America For Women: http://www.forbes.com/sites/evapereira/2012/04/27/best-cities-in-america-for-women/ D.C. tops the list! The social science research organization, Measure of America, analyzed data on health, education, and income across the 25 biggest cities in the country, to find the best places for women. Cities were compared across each development metric to form the overall ranking.
Which city came out on top? Washington D.C. claimed the top spot, scoring high on all well-being measures. Women in this city can expect to earn more than anywhere else in the country, pulling in a median income of $38,000. The city also ranked first in education, with some of the nation’s highest rates of degree attainment and access to education. “Washington D.C. is real magnet. It pulls people with high educational attainment to high paying jobs. Over 45% of women have bachelor’s degrees and 20% have graduate degrees – which is the highest in the nation,” says Kristen Lewis, co-author of the report.
Other top ranked cities for women were San Francisco (#2) and Boston (#3). San Francisco has the highest life expectancy in the country, where women live on average 84.5 years, three years longer than the national average. In addition to being a healthy city, women in San Francisco can expect to earn a decent living, with a median income just behind D.C’s at $35,000. Both San Francisco and Boston rank high on educational attainment and access for women, with Boston now leading the country in bachelor’s degree completion for women between the ages of 25-34.
What drags down a city’s score? Lack of educational opportunities, an abundance of low-wage paying service sector jobs, and poor access to healthcare all contribute to the low-scores of several cities on the list. For the most part, women’s earnings track their educational attainment, but there are a few exceptions to this. Women in Pittsburgh for example, have above average rates of education, yet receive some of the lowest wages of the 25 cities studied. Showing that, in some cases, the industries that cities are invested in can determine women’s opportunity for well-paid work.