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From Napa to D.C.: Top spots for working women

Thursday, May 30, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
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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 NerdWallet.

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.

Among medium-sized 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 potential.

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 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville.

Other small, medium and large metro areas recognized include Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Ga.; Auburn-Opelika, Ala.; Bridgeport, Conn.; and Austin, Texas.

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