Denton named #5 for the Best Cities for Women in the Workforce based on earnings, labor force participation rate, cost of living, and the average unemployment rate.
But our analysis revealed that in some cities women make nearly as much as, and in some cases more than, men. NerdWallet examined data for 529 U.S. cities and ranked them based on the environment for working women. The analysis factors in Census data on women’s earnings and labor force participation rate, cost of living, and the average unemployment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Top 10 best cities for women in the workforce
1. Rochester, Minnesota
3. St. Paul, Minnesota
4. Iowa City, Iowa
5. Denton, Texas
6. Durham, North Carolina
7. Ann Arbor, Michigan
8. Bismarck, North Dakota
9. Skokie, Illinois
10. Redwood City, California
Teaching and healing. More women than men work in health care and education, according to Census data, so it makes sense that cities with hospitals and universities made the list. Rochester, Minnesota, is home to the Mayo Clinic, which employs tens of thousands of health care professionals.
Large universities and health care systems are present in Durham, North Carolina; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Iowa City, Iowa. In Denton, Texas, and Bismarck, North Dakota, some of the largest employers are health care facilities, colleges and school districts.