The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Minnesota with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Glencoe

Glencoe, MN

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.58
Women In Management: 28.7%
Women In Poverty: 21.5%
Women Uninsured: 6.2%

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

2. Jordan

Jordan, MN

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 22.8%
Women In Poverty: 12.5%
Women Uninsured: 9.0%

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

3. Fairmont

Fairmont, MN

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.65
Women In Management: 24.7%
Women In Poverty: 18.6%
Women Uninsured: 6.2%

Everything isn’t great for women in Fairmont. Only 24.7 percent of women work in management and 18.6% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Belle Plaine

Belle Plaine, MN

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.54
Women In Management: 25.0%
Women In Poverty: 11.6%
Women Uninsured: 4.4%

Belle Plaine is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 4.4% of women don’t have health insurance and 11.6% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Litchfield

Litchfield, MN

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 29.1%
Women In Poverty: 10.7%
Women Uninsured: 6.3%

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

6. Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 31.8%
Women In Poverty: 16.2%
Women Uninsured: 3.6%

At #6, Moorhead has 31.8. Moorhead women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Crookston

Crookston, MN

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 36.4%
Women In Poverty: 19.1%
Women Uninsured: 6.1%

Crookston 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. North Branch

North Branch, MN

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 24.7%
Women In Poverty: 9.2%
Women Uninsured: 4.3%

North Branch isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 9.2% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.63 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Red Wing

Red Wing, MN

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 36.2%
Women In Poverty: 11.2%
Women Uninsured: 6.6%

Why is it so hard to be a Red Wing woman? Well, making $0.66 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 6.6% are uninsured, while 11.2% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. St. Francis

St. Francis, MN

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.60
Women In Management: 27.4%
Women In Poverty: 9.1%
Women Uninsured: 3.8%

In 10th place we have St. Francis. While women in St. Francis fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 9.1% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Minnesota

These are the cities where Minnesota 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 Glencoe 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 Minnesota

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Glencoe $0.58
2 Jordan $0.63
3 Fairmont $0.65
4 Belle Plaine $0.54
5 Litchfield $0.66
6 Moorhead $0.63
7 Crookston $0.68
8 North Branch $0.63
9 Red Wing $0.66
10 St. Francis $0.60
11 Mankato $0.62
12 Northfield $0.35
13 Little Falls $0.75
14 Alexandria $0.64
15 Hibbing $0.64
16 Detroit Lakes $0.69
17 Willmar $0.74
18 New Ulm $0.62
19 Virginia $0.71
20 Lake City $0.65
21 Worthington $0.82
22 St. Peter $0.56
23 Fridley $0.81
24 Fergus Falls $0.75
25 Faribault $0.94
26 Bemidji $0.75
27 Winona $0.72
28 White Bear Lake $0.66
29 East Grand Forks $0.80
30 Grand Rapids $0.65
31 St. Cloud $0.79
32 Columbia Heights $0.83
33 Hopkins $0.67
34 Waite Park $0.68
35 Marshall $0.73
36 Morris $0.39
37 Big Lake $0.63
38 Brooklyn Center $0.77
39 Montevideo $0.71
40 Dayton $0.75
41 Waseca $0.56
42 New Hope $0.71
43 Brainerd $0.73
44 Chaska $0.73
45 Austin $0.72
46 Albert Lea $0.69
47 Medina $0.43
48 St. Joseph $0.22
49 Buffalo $0.57
50 Eden Prairie $0.60
51 Edina $0.58
52 Prior Lake $0.64
53 Hermantown $0.69
54 Falcon Heights $0.47
55 New Brighton $0.76
56 Savage $0.64
57 Thief River Falls $0.73
58 International Falls $0.45
59 Orono $0.62
60 Chanhassen $0.55
61 North St. Paul $0.75
62 Lake Elmo $0.56
63 St. Paul $0.90
64 West St. Paul $0.77
65 Shakopee $0.68
66 Owatonna $0.70
67 Victoria $0.43
68 Corcoran $0.71
69 Sauk Rapids $0.73
70 Minneapolis $0.84
71 East Bethel $0.66
72 Hutchinson $0.67
73 Burnsville $0.77
74 Anoka $0.80
75 Minnetrista $0.56
76 Duluth $0.73
77 Isanti $0.77
78 Shorewood $0.38
79 Elk River $0.70
80 Apple Valley $0.73
81 Forest Lake $0.80
82 South St. Paul $0.79
83 Woodbury $0.61
84 Maplewood $0.83
85 Blaine $0.73
86 Ramsey $0.72
87 Maple Grove $0.66
88 Little Canada $0.79
89 Lino Lakes $0.63
90 Otsego $0.67
91 New Prague $0.72
92 Mahtomedi $0.65
93 Rogers $0.56
94 Inver Grove Heights $0.79
95 Waconia $0.64
96 Bloomington $0.81
97 Rochester $0.81
98 Richfield $0.92
99 Brooklyn Park $0.85
100 Baxter $0.67
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