From Napa to D.C.: Top spots for working women
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
Working women will find
a growing economy, healthy salary and small gender pay gap in Washington, D.C.,
Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C., Napa, Calif., and other metro areas named "Best Places for Women in the Workforce” by
Washington, D.C. tops
the list of large metro areas most appealing to women workers. Women working there
full time earn a median yearly income of $55,688, or 81.9 percent of their male
counterpart’s earnings, according to NerdWallet, which analyzed U.S. Census
data. The city’s yearly population growth rate of 1.7 percent supports
increasing economic growth.
areas, Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C., is number-one for working women. University-
and research-related opportunities are numerous in this home to Duke University
and the University of North Carolina. Women’s median earnings of $41,736 are 93.5
percent of their male counterparts’.
In Napa, Calif., the
nation’s leader among small cities for women working full time. women benefit
from a small gender pay gap, earning a median income of $46,949, or 91.6
percent of the equivalent of men’s earnings.
The NerdWallet study
lists large, medium and small metro areas with relatively high salaries, favorable
percentages in women’s and men’s comparative earnings and long-term city growth
Madera-Chowchilla, Calif., is the only metro area recognized by NerdWallet where
women earn more than their male counterparts. Women in the central California metro
area earn a median yearly income of $33,507, 102.4 percent of the income of the
area’s working men.
California has the most metro areas making the list, including Napa, Santa
Rosa-Petaluma, Vallejo-Fairfield, Salinas, Madera-Chowchilla, Oxnard-Thousand
Oaks-Ventura, Stockton, Fresno, San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, San
Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana and
Other small, medium and
large metro areas recognized include Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Ga.; Auburn-Opelika, Ala.; Bridgeport, Conn.; and Austin,