If you’re a woman who lives in the U.S., it’s safe to assume that you only make 77% of what you could be making if you were a man. If you’re a Black woman, the likelihood that you’re the breadwinner is also significantly higher. Just with these two considerations, it may be a good idea to pay attention to where you have the highest likelihood of earning the highest income that you can.
Maybe you want to wait around and hope that your job will one day realize that you are just as valuable an employee as your male counterpart or, if you’re single, maybe you want to wait around to see if “Mr. Right” is gonna sweep you off your feet and turn your single income home into a two income home, but maybe you want to move to a city that will increase the likelihood of you earning more.
To find out the current U.S. cities where women earn the most, Forbes took a look at the 2011 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census (the latest data available), supplied by our friends at financial literacy website NerdWallet. The annual dataset tracks the median earnings of men and women working full-time, year-around in over 500 major metropolitan areas in the country.
As it turns out, the best-paying city for women is none other than the nation’s capital. In the Washington, D.C. metro area women working full-time earn a median income of $57,128. That’s nearly triple the salary in the worst-paying city for women. In Opelousas, La., women earn just $21,658 a year.
When you take a look at the composition of D.C., it’s not hard to imagine why women earn substantial wages there. The city attracts highly educated professionals who work in high paying fields like politics and law. However, even in the city of political correctness, women earn only 81% as much men, who earn a median salary of $70,758.