The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Michigan 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 Michigan.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Michigan with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Allendale

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.41
Women In Management: 37.0%
Women In Poverty: 29.3%
Women Uninsured: 4.8%

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

2. Hamtramck

Hamtramck, MI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.82
Women In Management: 36.3%
Women In Poverty: 49.8%
Women Uninsured: 11.2%

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

3. Sturgis

Sturgis, MI

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.70
Women In Management: 33.9%
Women In Poverty: 29.3%
Women Uninsured: 5.9%

Everything isn’t great for women in Sturgis. Only 33.9 percent of women work in management and 29.3% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park, MI

Source: Wikipedia User | GFDL

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 42.5%
Women In Poverty: 21.8%
Women Uninsured: 7.3%

Lincoln Park is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 7.3% of women don’t have health insurance and 21.8% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Manistee

Manistee, MI

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 34.9%
Women In Poverty: 18.3%
Women Uninsured: 6.5%

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

6. Owosso

Owosso, MI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.65
Women In Management: 34.9%
Women In Poverty: 23.0%
Women Uninsured: 5.4%

At #6, Owosso has 34.9. Owosso women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti, MI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.71
Women In Management: 44.5%
Women In Poverty: 33.9%
Women Uninsured: 8.1%

Ypsilanti 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. South Monroe

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.40
Women In Management: 38.2%
Women In Poverty: 19.2%
Women Uninsured: 4.0%

South Monroe isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 19.2% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.40 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Houghton

Houghton, MI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $1.03
Women In Management: 33.8%
Women In Poverty: 32.2%
Women Uninsured: 7.9%

Why is it so hard to be a Houghton woman? Well, making $1.03 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 7.9% are uninsured, while 32.2% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Sterling Heights

Sterling Heights, MI

Source: Wikipedia User | GFDL

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.65
Women In Management: 36.3%
Women In Poverty: 12.1%
Women Uninsured: 6.7%

In 10th place we have Sterling Heights. While women in Sterling Heights fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 12.1% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Michigan

These are the cities where Michigan 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 Allendale 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 Michigan

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Allendale $0.41
2 Hamtramck $0.82
3 Sturgis $0.70
4 Lincoln Park $0.63
5 Manistee $0.66
6 Owosso $0.65
7 Ypsilanti $0.71
8 South Monroe $0.40
9 Houghton $1.03
10 Sterling Heights $0.65
11 Buena Vista $0.93
12 Hazel Park $0.70
13 Roseville $0.64
14 Madison Heights $0.63
15 Dearborn $0.77
16 Ishpeming $0.45
17 Adrian $0.69
18 Pontiac $0.85
19 Marysville $0.49
20 Lapeer $0.60
21 Belding $0.62
22 Rockford $0.55
23 Iron Mountain $0.56
24 River Rouge $0.67
25 Warren $0.72
26 Walled Lake $0.66
27 Inkster $0.63
28 Okemos $0.55
29 Jackson $0.73
30 Monroe $0.55
31 Howell $0.67
32 Midland $0.59
33 Grand Rapids $0.80
34 Holland $0.65
35 Muskegon Heights $0.83
36 Battle Creek $0.71
37 Rochester $0.48
38 Niles $0.74
39 Springfield $0.65
40 Whitmore Lake $0.51
41 Port Huron $0.71
42 Novi $0.54
43 Marquette $0.87
44 Coldwater $0.94
45 Sault Ste. Marie $0.87
46 Mount Clemens $0.66
47 Auburn Hills $0.61
48 Flat Rock $0.66
49 Grandville $0.68
50 Fenton $0.76
51 Kalamazoo $0.85
52 Dowagiac $0.77
53 East Lansing $0.84
54 Dearborn Heights $0.72
55 Bay City $0.68
56 Troy $0.53
57 Northview $0.72
58 Wayne $0.87
59 Melvindale $0.97
60 Hillsdale $0.45
61 Mount Pleasant $0.78
62 Wyoming $0.70
63 Walker $0.69
64 Grand Blanc $0.77
65 Rochester Hills $0.50
66 Southgate $0.64
67 Portage $0.63
68 Trenton $0.66
69 South Lyon $0.58
70 Detroit $0.88
71 Flint $0.92
72 Fair Plain $0.69
73 Burton $0.73
74 Fraser $0.59
75 Lansing $0.82
76 Taylor $0.68
77 Farmington $0.53
78 Escanaba $0.76
79 Center Line $0.75
80 Northville $0.59
81 Farmington Hills $0.60
82 Benton Harbor $0.93
83 Holly $0.52
84 Temperance $0.62
85 Menominee $0.64
86 Forest Hills $0.44
87 Milford $0.44
88 Alpena $0.80
89 Saginaw $0.85
90 Big Rapids $1.18
91 Bridgeport $0.80
92 Westland $0.70
93 Huntington Woods $0.46
94 Traverse City $0.83
95 Cadillac $0.82
96 Grosse Pointe $0.47
97 Ann Arbor $0.69
98 Albion $0.92
99 Richmond $0.62
100 Birmingham $0.54
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