The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Louisiana with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Rayne

Rayne, LA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.55
Women In Management: 27.5%
Women In Poverty: 34.8%
Women Uninsured: 11.9%

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

2. Bridge

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 36.1%
Women In Poverty: 32.7%
Women Uninsured: 14.6%

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

3. Morgan City

Morgan City, LA

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.35
Women In Management: 12.9%
Women In Poverty: 20.8%
Women Uninsured: 12.8%

Everything isn’t great for women in Morgan City. Only 12.9 percent of women work in management and 20.8% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Galliano

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.29
Women In Management: 16.9%
Women In Poverty: 19.8%
Women Uninsured: 12.3%

Galliano is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 12.3% of women don’t have health insurance and 19.8% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Raceland

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.53
Women In Management: 30.5%
Women In Poverty: 20.3%
Women Uninsured: 15.1%

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

6. Bayou Blue

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.40
Women In Management: 32.6%
Women In Poverty: 19.4%
Women Uninsured: 13.0%

At #6, Bayou Blue has 32.6. Bayou Blue women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Crowley

Crowley, LA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 32.5%
Women In Poverty: 48.0%
Women Uninsured: 10.3%

Crowley 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. Abbeville

Abbeville, LA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.57
Women In Management: 36.8%
Women In Poverty: 33.7%
Women Uninsured: 10.4%

Abbeville isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 33.7% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.57 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Donaldsonville

Donaldsonville, LA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 41.3%
Women In Poverty: 40.3%
Women Uninsured: 10.7%

Why is it so hard to be a Donaldsonville woman? Well, making $0.56 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 10.7% are uninsured, while 40.3% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. New Iberia

New Iberia, LA

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.64
Women In Management: 25.8%
Women In Poverty: 27.4%
Women Uninsured: 11.1%

In 10th place we have New Iberia. While women in New Iberia fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 27.4% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Louisiana

These are the cities where Louisiana 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 Rayne 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 Louisiana

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Rayne $0.55
2 Bridge $0.56
3 Morgan City $0.35
4 Galliano $0.29
5 Raceland $0.53
6 Bayou Blue $0.40
7 Crowley $0.63
8 Abbeville $0.57
9 Donaldsonville $0.56
10 New Iberia $0.64
11 Bogalusa $0.69
12 Gardere $0.68
13 West Monroe $0.68
14 Hammond $0.78
15 Scott $0.49
16 Cut Off $0.56
17 Monroe $0.68
18 Gray $0.48
19 St. Rose $0.65
20 Breaux Bridge $0.52
21 Leesville $0.67
22 Eunice $0.73
23 Lafayette $0.63
24 Moss Bluff $0.56
25 Tallulah $0.77
26 Larose $0.38
27 Kenner $0.65
28 Schriever $0.59
29 Opelousas $0.65
30 Franklin $0.60
31 Terrytown $0.81
32 Ville Platte $0.60
33 Lake Charles $0.62
34 Natchitoches $0.82
35 Waggaman $0.66
36 Houma $0.67
37 Walker $0.56
38 Carencro $0.62
39 Pineville $0.47
40 Sulphur $0.45
41 Jennings $0.67
42 Deridder $0.68
43 Lacombe $0.86
44 Baton Rouge $0.71
45 Marrero $0.71
46 Belle Chasse $0.57
47 Village St. George $0.54
48 Mandeville $0.66
49 Oak Hills Place $0.45
50 Gonzales $0.56
51 Luling $0.56
52 Slidell $0.68
53 Bastrop $0.91
54 Denham Springs $0.63
55 Thibodaux $0.65
56 Meraux $0.60
57 Ponchatoula $0.61
58 Red Chute $0.40
59 Eden Isle $0.60
60 Estelle $0.68
61 Jeanerette $0.82
62 Metairie $0.73
63 Shreveport $0.74
64 Ruston $0.86
65 St. Martinville $0.84
66 Destrehan $0.59
67 Zachary $0.64
68 Patterson $0.48
69 Westwego $0.70
70 Laplace $0.70
71 Plaquemine $0.58
72 New Orleans $0.78
73 Bossier City $0.73
74 Port Allen $0.72
75 Chalmette $0.73
76 Alexandria $0.88
77 Covington $0.77
78 Broussard $0.65
79 Bayou Cane $0.59
80 Chackbay $0.66
81 Shenandoah $0.59
82 Harvey $0.68
83 Woodmere $0.90
84 Timberlane $0.66
85 Reserve $0.78
86 Gretna $0.75
87 Baker $0.71
88 Youngsville $0.65
89 Merrydale $0.80
90 Inniswold $0.64
91 Harahan $0.64
92 Minden $0.79
93 Elmwood $0.82
94 Central $0.63
95 Prairieville $0.61
96 Oakdale $1.11
97 Jefferson $0.73
98 Violet $0.76
99 River Ridge $0.73
100 Old Jefferson $0.80
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