The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Maryland 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 Maryland.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Maryland with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Lexington Park

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.52
Women In Management: 28.2%
Women In Poverty: 17.0%
Women Uninsured: 7.7%

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

2. Langley Park

Langley Park, MD

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.76
Women In Management: 15.8%
Women In Poverty: 25.9%
Women Uninsured: 34.5%

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

3. Baltimore Highlands

Baltimore Highlands, MD

Source: Wikipedia

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.71
Women In Management: 35.9%
Women In Poverty: 22.5%
Women Uninsured: 11.0%

Everything isn’t great for women in Baltimore Highlands. Only 35.9 percent of women work in management and 22.5% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. East Riverdale

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.84
Women In Management: 23.9%
Women In Poverty: 16.9%
Women Uninsured: 19.9%

East Riverdale is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 19.9% of women don’t have health insurance and 16.9% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Chillum

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.83
Women In Management: 33.0%
Women In Poverty: 14.6%
Women Uninsured: 20.6%

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

6. Cambridge

Cambridge, MD

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 37.3%
Women In Poverty: 25.4%
Women Uninsured: 5.3%

At #6, Cambridge has 37.3. Cambridge women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Adelphi

Adelphi, MD

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.84
Women In Management: 28.0%
Women In Poverty: 13.4%
Women Uninsured: 18.5%

Adelphi 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. Aspen Hill

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.75
Women In Management: 38.9%
Women In Poverty: 12.6%
Women Uninsured: 12.0%

Aspen Hill isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 12.6% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.75 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Chesapeake Ranch Estates

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.65
Women In Management: 21.0%
Women In Poverty: 7.9%
Women Uninsured: 7.1%

Why is it so hard to be a Chesapeake Ranch Estates woman? Well, making $0.65 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 7.1% are uninsured, while 7.9% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. California

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.55
Women In Management: 45.2%
Women In Poverty: 13.9%
Women Uninsured: 7.1%

In 10th place we have California. While women in California fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 13.9% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Maryland

These are the cities where Maryland 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 Lexington Park 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 Maryland

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Lexington Park $0.52
2 Langley Park $0.76
3 Baltimore Highlands $0.71
4 East Riverdale $0.84
5 Chillum $0.83
6 Cambridge $0.68
7 Adelphi $0.84
8 Aspen Hill $0.75
9 Chesapeake Ranch Estates $0.65
10 California $0.55
11 Ferndale $0.58
12 Essex $0.76
13 Wheaton $0.84
14 College Park $0.53
15 Hagerstown $0.76
16 Redland $0.74
17 Taneytown $0.61
18 Towson $0.65
19 Salisbury $0.83
20 Landover $0.99
21 Lanham $0.78
22 District Heights $0.77
23 Havre De Grace $0.56
24 Cockeysville $0.75
25 Rossville $0.72
26 New Carrollton $0.76
27 Beltsville $0.66
28 Brooklyn Park $0.71
29 Easton $0.80
30 Elkton $0.77
31 Seabrook $0.79
32 Montgomery Village $0.85
33 Chesapeake Beach $0.46
34 Fountainhead-Orchard Hills $0.53
35 Woodlawn $0.83
36 Riverside $0.64
37 Glenmont $0.71
38 Greenbelt $0.89
39 Riverdale Park $0.84
40 Rockville $0.69
41 La Plata $0.58
42 Ocean City $0.67
43 Westminster $0.70
44 Fairland $0.79
45 Maryland City $0.71
46 Edgewater $0.71
47 Annapolis $0.89
48 Walkersville $0.71
49 Frederick $0.81
50 Ocean Pines $0.72
51 Cumberland $0.83
52 North Bethesda $0.69
53 Colesville $0.75
54 Dundalk $0.72
55 Ballenger Creek $0.75
56 Gaithersburg $0.77
57 Glassmanor $0.86
58 Germantown $0.78
59 Pikesville $0.63
60 Frostburg $0.81
61 White Oak $0.85
62 Silver Spring $0.84
63 Hyattsville $0.90
64 Parkville $0.90
65 Ellicott City $0.53
66 Reisterstown $0.94
67 Laurel $0.88
68 Damascus $0.59
69 Thurmont $0.69
70 Baltimore $0.85
71 Columbia $0.69
72 Potomac $0.44
73 Catonsville $0.75
74 Aberdeen $0.70
75 Hillandale $0.90
76 Arbutus $0.79
77 Severna Park $0.45
78 Middle River $0.82
79 Bel Air South $0.63
80 Bel Air $0.57
81 Friendly $0.92
82 Clarksburg $0.69
83 Ilchester $0.61
84 Hampstead $0.58
85 Four Corners $0.72
86 Perry Hall $0.75
87 Severn $0.69
88 Bladensburg $0.97
89 Edgewood $0.80
90 Rosedale $0.87
91 Darnestown $0.43
92 Bel Air North $0.58
93 Takoma Park $0.90
94 Travilah $0.50
95 Scaggsville $0.64
96 Brunswick $0.66
97 Robinwood $0.68
98 North Potomac $0.52
99 South Laurel $0.90
100 Garrison $0.83
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