The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Arizona For 2020

Kathy Morris
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It is 2020, and while times are changing, women in the United States still face challenges their male counterparts don’t. From discrimination to slimmer paychecks and disproportionate share of household tasks, it isn’t easy being a woman in America.

After identifying the worst states for women, we decided to drill down and identify the worst (and best) cities to be a woman in Arizona.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

Read on to see where your city landed and how we determined the worst cities in Arizona to be a woman.

These are the 10 worst cities for women in Arizona. Keep reading to see why these cities serve women so poorly, or jump to the end to see the best cities for women in Arizona.

Methodology – How We Determined The Worst Cities For Women In Arizona

Each city was ranked in four categories:

  • Percentage Of Women In Management (Lower is worse)
  • Percentage Of Women In Poverty (Higher is worse)
  • How much women earn per male dollar earned (Lower is worse)
  • Uninsured Women (Lower is worse)

To calculate the income gap between women and men by city we turned to the Census’ American Community Survey. To get the difference in for all male earners and all female earners, we simply divided median male income by median female income to determine how much women earned per male dollar earned.

For the percentage of women in poverty, we also used data from the ACS. Poverty rate is based on household income, which includes husbands and other family members. To focus our data solely on women, we elected to look at women living with no relatives. People meeting this criteria (both male and female) tend to be younger and earn less. Consequently, this poverty rating will be higher than typical and does not include married women.

We decided to examine the percentage of women in management from the ACS to get perspective on the amount of women in leadership roles. Since women are more likely to promote other women, we thought it was an important look at not only women’s personal achievements, but the opportunity for advancement available.

Finally, we turned to the ACS once again for the percent of uninsured women in each city.

We only looked at cities in Arizona with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Avra Valley

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 24.1%
Women In Poverty: 21.5%
Women Uninsured: 15.8%

Avra Valley is the worst city for women in Arizona. What earned Avra Valley this unfavorable rank? Low scores across the board. Avra Valley women have an unpleasantly high chance of living in poverty and being uninsured. Throw in the other stats and it’s easy to see Avra Valley women are struggling.

2. South Tucson

South Tucson, AZ

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.82
Women In Management: 13.2%
Women In Poverty: 38.9%
Women Uninsured: 16.0%

South Tucson is the 2nd worst state for women. South Tucson women have high poverty and generally dismal stats.

3. Verde Village

Source: Public Domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.60
Women In Management: 36.9%
Women In Poverty: 19.4%
Women Uninsured: 14.1%

Everything isn’t great for women in Verde Village. Only 36.9 percent of women work in management and 19.4% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Tolleson

Tolleson, AZ

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.69
Women In Management: 31.0%
Women In Poverty: 22.7%
Women Uninsured: 11.6%

Tolleson is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 11.6% of women don’t have health insurance and 22.7% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Williamson

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.54
Women In Management: 9.4%
Women In Poverty: 7.3%
Women Uninsured: 11.4%

Williamson is the fifth worst city for women. While women in Williamson have better opportunities than the first 4, it’s still not all rainbows and sunshine for women in Williamson.

6. Sierra Vista Southeast

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.50
Women In Management: 20.3%
Women In Poverty: 11.9%
Women Uninsured: 6.4%

At #6, Sierra Vista Southeast has 20.3. Sierra Vista Southeast women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Doney Park

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.65
Women In Management: 31.2%
Women In Poverty: 10.1%
Women Uninsured: 11.5%

Doney Park is a hard place to be a woman. High poverty, unfortunate earning distribution, and dismal uninsurance rates can make getting ahead an uphill battle.

8. San Luis

San Luis, AZ

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.67
Women In Management: 58.7%
Women In Poverty: 30.3%
Women Uninsured: 18.0%

San Luis isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 30.3% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.67 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Camp Verde

Camp Verde, AZ

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.88
Women In Management: 23.8%
Women In Poverty: 23.3%
Women Uninsured: 11.3%

Why is it so hard to be a Camp Verde woman? Well, making $0.88 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 11.3% are uninsured, while 23.3% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Summit

Summit, AZ

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.64
Women In Management: 79.8%
Women In Poverty: 32.0%
Women Uninsured: 18.3%

In 10th place we have Summit. While women in Summit fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 32.0% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Arizona

These are the cities where Arizona women have the roughest time. While women face many obstacles statewide, these cities offer worst prospects than most.

For example, while very few cities in this overall study had women making the same or more than the median male income, the difference between first and last place is significant.

Overall, while we cannot say that Avra Valley is the worst city for every individual woman (life is pretty personal, after all), however, women who live there may have to overcome unique challenges.

Check out the rest of the list below.

Detailed List Of The Worst Cities For Women In Arizona

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Avra Valley $0.63
2 South Tucson $0.82
3 Verde Village $0.60
4 Tolleson $0.69
5 Williamson $0.54
6 Sierra Vista Southeast $0.50
7 Doney Park $0.65
8 San Luis $0.67
9 Camp Verde $0.88
10 Summit $0.64
11 Yuma $0.69
12 Douglas $1.20
13 Show Low $0.56
14 Globe $0.74
15 Nogales $0.76
16 Wickenburg $0.58
17 Cave Creek $0.55
18 Mesa $0.76
19 Somerton $0.70
20 Rio Rico $0.65
21 Picture Rocks $0.88
22 Phoenix $0.86
23 Page $0.76
24 Chinle $1.13
25 Queen Creek $0.48
26 Glendale $0.82
27 Tucson $0.83
28 Chino Valley $1.04
29 Tucson Estates $0.85
30 Drexel Heights $0.76
31 Fort Mohave $0.71
32 Tempe $0.85
33 Flagstaff $0.76
34 Flowing Wells $0.89
35 Prescott Valley $0.67
36 New Kingman-Butler $0.77
37 Saddlebrooke $0.53
38 Three Points $0.92
39 Avondale $0.80
40 Winslow $0.80
41 Fortuna Foothills $0.56
42 Goodyear $0.68
43 Casas Adobes $0.68
44 Cottonwood $0.85
45 Arizona City $0.73
46 Payson $0.76
47 Paradise Valley $0.33
48 Scottsdale $0.68
49 Sahuarita $0.56
50 Gilbert $0.63
51 Casa Grande $0.77
52 Vail $0.60
53 Kingman $0.97
54 Oro Valley $0.56
55 Catalina $0.60
56 Eloy $1.31
57 Sierra Vista $0.60
58 Lake Havasu $0.79
59 Marana $0.59
60 New River $0.71
61 Citrus Park $0.64
62 Youngtown $0.94
63 Tuba City $1.03
64 Rincon Valley $0.51
65 San Tan Valley $0.69
66 Chandler $0.74
67 Sedona $0.98
68 Maricopa $0.69
69 El Mirage $0.89
70 Buckeye $0.83
71 Catalina Foothills $0.56
72 Peoria $0.75
73 Apache Junction $0.79
74 Coolidge $0.76
75 Prescott $0.74
76 Surprise $0.75
77 Gold Canyon $0.84
78 Corona De Tucson $0.60
79 Lake Montezuma $0.94
80 Bullhead City $0.86
81 Valencia West $0.69
82 Florence $1.48
83 Anthem $0.64
84 Golden Valley $0.93
85 Village Of Oak $0.92
86 Fountain Hills $0.53
87 Safford $0.72
88 Green Valley $0.66
89 Sun City $0.69
90 Litchfield Park $0.82
91 Tanque Verde $0.68
92 Sun City $0.93
93 Sun Lakes $0.74
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