The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Florida 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 Florida.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Florida with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Tice

Tice, FL

Source: Wikipedia

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.67
Women In Management: 17.6%
Women In Poverty: 39.7%
Women Uninsured: 40.7%

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

2. Naranja

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 6.1%
Women In Poverty: 32.4%
Women Uninsured: 18.6%

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

3. Haines City

Haines City, FL

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 24.1%
Women In Poverty: 27.5%
Women Uninsured: 18.8%

Everything isn’t great for women in Haines City. Only 24.1 percent of women work in management and 27.5% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Wimauma

Wimauma, FL

Source: Wikipedia

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.79
Women In Management: 17.5%
Women In Poverty: 29.5%
Women Uninsured: 25.9%

Wimauma is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 25.9% of women don’t have health insurance and 29.5% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Port LaBelle

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.60
Women In Management: 10.3%
Women In Poverty: 12.7%
Women Uninsured: 23.6%

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

6. Mascotte

Mascotte, FL

Source: Wikipedia User Ebyabe | GFDL

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.69
Women In Management: 35.1%
Women In Poverty: 27.3%
Women Uninsured: 18.8%

At #6, Mascotte has 35.1. Mascotte women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Westview

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.76
Women In Management: 9.0%
Women In Poverty: 25.6%
Women Uninsured: 17.7%

Westview 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. Palatka

Palatka, FL

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.73
Women In Management: 30.8%
Women In Poverty: 41.3%
Women Uninsured: 15.5%

Palatka isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 41.3% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.73 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Kathleen

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 14.5%
Women In Poverty: 25.4%
Women Uninsured: 11.8%

Why is it so hard to be a Kathleen woman? Well, making $0.66 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 11.8% are uninsured, while 25.4% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Cocoa West

Cocoa West, FL

Source: Wikipedia

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.84
Women In Management: 13.4%
Women In Poverty: 40.7%
Women Uninsured: 19.0%

In 10th place we have Cocoa West. While women in Cocoa West fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 40.7% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Florida

These are the cities where Florida 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 Tice 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 Florida

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Tice $0.67
2 Naranja $0.66
3 Haines City $0.66
4 Wimauma $0.79
5 Port Labelle $0.60
6 Mascotte $0.69
7 Westview $0.76
8 Palatka $0.73
9 Kathleen $0.66
10 Cocoa West $0.84
11 Inwood $0.76
12 Jan Phyl Village $0.74
13 Zephyrhills South $0.66
14 Hallandale Beach $0.76
15 River Park $0.86
16 Groveland $0.56
17 Quincy $0.65
18 Belle Glade $0.77
19 Upper Grand Lagoon $0.66
20 Ojus $0.65
21 Lakewood Park $0.63
22 Crystal Lake $0.73
23 Immokalee $0.78
24 Bayonet Point $0.68
25 Broadview Park $1.04
26 Homestead $0.84
27 Miami $0.79
28 Miami Beach $0.70
29 Leesburg $0.70
30 Lake Alfred $0.67
31 Egypt Lake-Leto $0.78
32 Pahokee $0.92
33 Perry $0.60
34 Leisure City $0.72
35 Starke $0.77
36 Clewiston $0.67
37 Pompano Beach $0.75
38 Milton $0.57
39 Mount Dora $0.55
40 Middleburg $0.60
41 Hialeah $0.76
42 Dania Beach $0.84
43 Inverness $0.42
44 Azalea Park $0.71
45 Palm River-Clair Mel $0.77
46 Fort Lauderdale $0.74
47 Gibsonton $0.68
48 Indiantown $0.66
49 South Miami Heights $0.81
50 Vero Beach $0.69
51 Naples Park $0.72
52 Macclenny $0.79
53 Holiday $0.86
54 Lealman $0.75
55 Lauderdale Lakes $0.88
56 Mims $0.65
57 Hialeah Gardens $0.74
58 Sarasota $0.82
59 Golden Gate $0.66
60 Dade City $0.72
61 Lockhart $0.69
62 Eustis $0.72
63 Lake Worth $0.88
64 University Orange $0.79
65 Defuniak Springs $0.79
66 Beverly Hills $0.80
67 Gladeview $0.86
68 Town N’ Country $0.76
69 Silver Springs Shores $0.68
70 Bayshore Gardens $0.85
71 Fort Meade $0.87
72 Shady Hills $0.65
73 Sweetwater $0.71
74 Sunny Isles Beach $0.71
75 Lantana $0.98
76 Ensley $0.80
77 Indian Harbour Beach $0.51
78 Deerfield Beach $0.81
79 Brownsville $0.79
80 Kendall West $0.81
81 Crestview $0.64
82 Lehigh Acres $0.74
83 Homosassa Springs $0.82
84 Sebring $1.15
85 Pasadena Hills $0.59
86 Medulla $0.72
87 Florida City $0.79
88 Lake City $0.75
89 Wright $0.69
90 Doral $0.69
91 Merritt Island $0.60
92 South Bradenton $0.77
93 Tampa $0.76
94 North Miami $0.86
95 Marianna $0.61
96 Southchase $0.73
97 Horizon West $0.59
98 Fort Walton Beach $0.83
99 Fort Pierce North $0.77
100 Casselberry $0.70
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