These Are The 10 Best Places In Massachusetts For Working Women

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by Chris Kolmar
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Even in this day and age women still suffer from discrimination in the workplace. Whether it’s day-to-day micro aggressions, or more blatant issues with pay and opportunity, America is still coping with gender inequalities in the workplace.

And Massachusetts is no exception. Granted, some places are doing better than others for women’s career opportunities and we are here to point out the places that offer the most opportunity for working women.

With that being said, if you have the opportunity to choose where to work, we at Zippia want to provide you with the research to make an informed decision. To that end, we looked at data for all the places in Massachusetts to identify the ones with more opportunities for women relative to other places in the Bay State.

More specifically, we looked at the top level metrics like pay equality and job opportunities. And, at the end of the day, we were left with this set of of the top ten best places for working women in Massachusetts:

  1. Somerville
  2. Cambridge
  3. Watertown
  4. Waltham
  5. Easthampton
  6. Peabody
  7. Boston
  8. Melrose
  9. Quincy
  10. Methuen

Read on to see how we came up with this list and a closer look at the top ten places. And congratulations to Somerville for leading the pack when it comes to women’s working opportunities in Massachusetts.

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How We Determined The Best Places In Massachusetts For Working Women

There are two aspects that we wanted to look at when it came to job opportunities for women:

  1. The general economic climate of a place
  2. The economic climate for women in a place

It goes without saying that a bad job market overall will impact women just as much as men. But we also want to catch the added discrimination women face on pay and job opportunity.

To that end, we dove into the 2013 American Community Survey to see what data was available. After considering the options, we landed on this set of criteria:

  • Pay Gap for full time workers (Median Female Earnings / Median Male Earnings)
  • Participation Gap for working age population (Female Participation Rate – Male Participation Rate)
  • Cost of living expressed as median rent as a percent of female earnings
  • Overall unemployment rate

We ranked each of the 53 places in Massachusetts with over 5,000 working adults from 1 to 53 in each category, with a lower ranking being better.

We then averaged across the rankings to create a quality of women’s work opportunity index. We then deemed the place scoring the lowest, Somerville, the “Best Place For Working Women In Massachusetts”.

Read on to see more information about the top ten.

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1. Somerville

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 89.57%
Partcipation Gap: 1.08%

2. Cambridge

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 80.39%
Partcipation Gap: 2.75%

3. Watertown

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 80.09%
Partcipation Gap: -.72%

4. Waltham

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 73.68%
Partcipation Gap: .50%

5. Easthampton

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 75.03%
Partcipation Gap: 2.10%

6. Peabody

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 73.79%
Partcipation Gap: -.94%

7. Boston

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 88.33%
Partcipation Gap: -.31%

8. Melrose

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 69.38%
Partcipation Gap: 2.82%

9. Quincy

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 88.12%
Partcipation Gap: -4.65%

10. Methuen

Best Places For Working Women In Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Pay Gap: 72.26%
Partcipation Gap: -1.86%