The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Colorado For 2020

by 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 Colorado.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Colorado with a population larger than 5,000.

1. La Junta

La Junta, CO

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 30.1%
Women In Poverty: 31.8%
Women Uninsured: 8.8%

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

2. Trinidad

Trinidad, CO

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.62
Women In Management: 33.8%
Women In Poverty: 21.1%
Women Uninsured: 9.0%

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

3. Berkley

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 31.8%
Women In Poverty: 17.1%
Women Uninsured: 13.4%

Everything isn’t great for women in Berkley. Only 31.8 percent of women work in management and 17.1% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Rifle

Rifle, CO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.67
Women In Management: 30.8%
Women In Poverty: 14.8%
Women Uninsured: 15.2%

Rifle is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 15.2% of women don’t have health insurance and 14.8% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Cortez

Cortez, CO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 38.9%
Women In Poverty: 24.9%
Women Uninsured: 9.3%

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

6. Gunnison

Gunnison, CO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $1.06
Women In Management: 18.8%
Women In Poverty: 25.6%
Women Uninsured: 11.0%

At #6, Gunnison has 18.8. Gunnison women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Clifton

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.62
Women In Management: 50.9%
Women In Poverty: 27.6%
Women Uninsured: 14.7%

Clifton 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. Fort Lupton

Fort Lupton, CO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.65
Women In Management: 25.8%
Women In Poverty: 9.9%
Women Uninsured: 8.3%

Fort Lupton isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 9.9% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.65 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Edgewater

Edgewater, CO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.76
Women In Management: 36.2%
Women In Poverty: 19.5%
Women Uninsured: 13.4%

Why is it so hard to be a Edgewater woman? Well, making $0.76 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 13.4% are uninsured, while 19.5% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Greeley

Greeley, CO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.60
Women In Management: 41.3%
Women In Poverty: 19.3%
Women Uninsured: 8.0%

In 10th place we have Greeley. While women in Greeley fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 19.3% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Colorado

These are the cities where Colorado 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 La Junta 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 Colorado

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 La Junta $0.56
2 Trinidad $0.62
3 Berkley $0.66
4 Rifle $0.67
5 Cortez $0.63
6 Gunnison $1.06
7 Clifton $0.62
8 Fort Lupton $0.65
9 Edgewater $0.76
10 Greeley $0.60
11 Fruita $0.74
12 Sterling $0.58
13 Delta $0.73
14 Eagle $0.75
15 Glendale $1.11
16 Derby $0.82
17 Caã¯â¿â½on City $0.65
18 Grand Junction $0.65
19 Manitou Springs $0.68
20 Shaw Heights $0.69
21 Colorado Springs $0.68
22 Dove Valley $0.68
23 Montrose $0.80
24 Brighton $0.78
25 Fruitvale $0.62
26 Woodmoor $0.41
27 Orchard Mesa $0.62
28 Twin Lakes $0.82
29 Glenwood Springs $0.82
30 Longmont $0.66
31 Lafayette $0.62
32 Federal Heights $0.77
33 Fort Collins $0.68
34 Englewood $0.73
35 Salida $0.93
36 Cherry Creek $0.55
37 Steamboat Springs $0.90
38 Craig $0.63
39 Woodland Park $0.59
40 Stratmoor $0.58
41 Edwards $0.96
42 Cherry Hills $0.21
43 Commerce City $0.76
44 Alamosa $0.82
45 Fountain $0.55
46 Johnstown $0.58
47 Sherrelwood $0.70
48 Fort Morgan $0.62
49 Aspen $0.82
50 Sheridan $0.71
51 Black Forest $0.39
52 Milliken $0.74
53 Berthoud $0.62
54 Welby $0.80
55 Lamar $0.88
56 Thornton $0.70
57 Greenwood $0.48
58 Castle Rock $0.60
59 Pueblo West $0.64
60 Lone Tree $0.47
61 Brush $0.71
62 Superior $0.44
63 Louisville $0.52
64 Highlands Ranch $0.51
65 Boulder $0.70
66 Monument $0.56
67 Cimarron Hills $0.68
68 Eaton $0.84
69 Loveland $0.65
70 Carbondale $0.75
71 Castle Pines $0.43
72 Denver $0.83
73 Gleneagle $0.61
74 Applewood $0.65
75 Evans $0.74
76 Stonegate $0.52
77 Parker $0.61
78 Aurora $0.85
79 Arvada $0.67
80 Avon $1.10
81 Durango $0.73
82 The Pinery $0.52
83 Firestone $0.61
84 Frederick $0.68
85 Pueblo $0.83
86 Windsor $0.63
87 Evergreen $0.57
88 Gypsum $0.95
89 Erie $0.53
90 Estes Park $0.87
91 Lakewood $0.84
92 Gunbarrel $0.72
93 Westminster $0.78
94 Vail $1.00
95 Columbine $0.66
96 Littleton $0.73
97 Northglenn $0.75
98 Fort Carson $0.69
99 Wheat Ridge $0.81
100 Golden $1.16
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