Success can come any time and at any age. That said, there are some places where women can optimize their chances of success as research shows there are certain American cities where women are more successful than others. To find out where these cities are, SmartAsset analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau pertaining to the unemployment rate of women, the number of women with bachelor’s degrees, the number working full time, the percentage of female-owned businesses, and more.
Here are the top 10 cities in the United States where women are the most successful:
10. Denver, Colo.
Denver may not have a high number of women-owned businesses (yet) and it may have expensive housing, but it ranked 15th in percentage of women who have bachelor’s degrees. In terms of income, it came 23rd for percent of full-time working women who earn at least $75,000 and 16th for average earnings of full-time working women.
9. Plano, Texas
Plano scores big for its educated women. Just under 36 percent have earned bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, the unemployment rate of women is only 3.1 percent. The Texas city was also recognized for having 27 percent of full-time working women earning at least $75,000. Its ranking was brought down by the high living costs.
8. Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. actually makes it into the top five for the number of female-owned businesses. Women account for nearly 40 percent of business owners. Its median earning for full-time working women are $65,060, which is the fifth highest score across the country. SmartAsset points out the nation’s capital is also a brilliant place for woman in tech.
7. Minneapolis, Minn.
Minneapolis earns stellar marks for its low-cost housing compared to working women’s median salaries. SmartAsset estimates the average female worker would need to use about 27 percent of her salary to pay for the average house, leaving plenty of coin for other things such as investments or pensions. Its score is brought down slightly by its 5.1 percent unemployment rate.
6. Raleigh, N.C.
Raleigh comes in at a respectable sixth. The average full-time working women’s salary is just over $47,000 and 20 percent earn more than $75,000. This fairs well with the city’s lower cost of living, but women here earn less than those in other cities.
4. Alexandria, Va. (tie)
Alexandria is tied in the fourth position. Here, just under 30 percent of women have earned bachelor’s degrees and women are paid well. The study shows the average salary for a full-time working woman is $67,000 per year, which is the fifth highest in the entire study.
4. San Francisco, Calif. (tie)
Curious about which place tied with Alexandria? That would be San Francisco. It scored well because of its high average salary. Full-time female workers earn on average $72,000 per year which is the second highest in the study. Additionally, nearly 49 percent of full-time working women earn at least $75,000. San Fran is also a great space for women in tech. What brings the place down is the very high cost of living.
3. Madison, Wis,
Madison earns the bronze medal coming in third place. Just under a third of women living there have bachelor’s degrees as it is a college town. However, women in Madison are paid slightly less in comparison to other places in the top 10.
2. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Scottsdale just misses the top spot. It has an unemployment rate for women of 3.5 percent and women earn $56,600 on average per year. Wondering why it didn’t come first? One of the big reasons is its lack of female business owners. A mere 25 percent of businesses are owned by women.
1. Arlington, Vt.
Arlington, Vt. is where women are most successful. Just under 35 percent of women have bachelor’s degrees and 38.6 percent of women are business owners. The median full-time working woman earns over $80,200 per year, which is the highest in the study.