While women generally make up a higher percentage of the population in most areas across the nation, they are not always in the best location to maximize their potential. For instance, only 22 out of 250 metro areas in the U.S. report women under 30 earning the same amount as or more than their male counterparts. In addition, women only earn around 82 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Since the gender pay gap tends to widen with age, putting down roots in a city with better earnings potential can set a woman up for more financial success in the future. Some locations are better poised to handle women’s health and safety concerns as well, such as access to abortion and other women’s health services.
In order to determine the best places for women to thrive, WalletHub compared 182 cities across 15 key indicators of livings standards for women. Our data set ranges from the median earnings for female workers to the quality of women’s hospitals to suicide rates for women.