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Best and worst U.S. cities for women revealed

According to a recent WalletHub survey, Columbia, Md., stands out as the top place in the country for a woman to thrive.

Researchers from the personal finance website compared 182 cities — encompassing the nation’s 150 most populated ones — across two distinct categories: women’s economic and social well-being and women’s health care and safety.

To determine their rankings, WalletHub’s team delved into these categories using 15 standard of living indicators for women, such as median earnings and the unemployment rate for women.

Ranking cities for women’s well-being in the U.S.

“As 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,” the survey states.

It also highlights that “some locations are better poised to handle women’s health and safety concerns, like access to abortion and other women’s health services.”

At the top, Columbia scored relatively high for both women’s economic and social well-being and women’s health care and safety. It boasted the highest median earnings for female workers out of all 182 cities when adjusted for cost of living. Women in Columbia earn three times more than those in Santa Ana, Calif., where wages were the lowest, as found by WalletHub.

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Charleston, S.C., achieved the highest rank for women’s economic and social well-being but lagged in health care and safety. On the other hand, Yonkers, N.Y., leading in the latter category, only managed a middle-of-the-road score for the former.

Here are the top cities for women, as per WalletHub:

  • Columbia, Md.
  • South Burlington, Vt
  • Irvine, Calif.
  • Fremont, Calif.
  • Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Overland Park, Kan.
  • Yonkers, N.Y.
  • Pearl City, Hawaii.

And here are the cities at the bottom of the list:

  • Jackson, Miss.
  • Gulfport, Miss.
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Huntington, W.Va.
  • Shreveport, La
  • Augusta, Ga
  • Charleston, W.Va.
  • Laredo, Texas.
  • Mobile, Ala.
  • New Orleans, La.

With information from The Hill

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