The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Missouri For 2020

By Kathy Morris
Feb. 7, 2020

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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 Missouri.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Missouri with a population larger than 5,000.

1. De Soto

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.29
Women In Management: 30.7%
Women In Poverty: 25.7%
Women Uninsured: 9.8%

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

2. West Plains

West Plains, MO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.64
Women In Management: 16.3%
Women In Poverty: 26.1%
Women Uninsured: 12.9%

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

3. Sikeston

Sikeston, MO

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.69
Women In Management: 30.5%
Women In Poverty: 26.2%
Women Uninsured: 12.2%

Everything isn’t great for women in Sikeston. Only 30.5 percent of women work in management and 26.2% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Park Hills

Park Hills, MO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 37.6%
Women In Poverty: 26.7%
Women Uninsured: 11.4%

Park Hills is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 11.4% of women don’t have health insurance and 26.7% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Hannibal

Hannibal, MO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.64
Women In Management: 32.0%
Women In Poverty: 21.9%
Women Uninsured: 11.4%

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

6. Neosho

Neosho, MO

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 37.4%
Women In Poverty: 26.0%
Women Uninsured: 15.7%

At #6, Neosho has 37.4. Neosho women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Kennett

Kennett, MO

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How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.64
Women In Management: 42.7%
Women In Poverty: 27.4%
Women Uninsured: 14.3%

Kennett 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. Dexter

Dexter, MO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.58
Women In Management: 32.7%
Women In Poverty: 23.2%
Women Uninsured: 8.1%

Dexter isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 23.2% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.58 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Macon

Macon, MO

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.61
Women In Management: 33.1%
Women In Poverty: 16.7%
Women Uninsured: 9.7%

Why is it so hard to be a Macon woman? Well, making $0.61 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 9.7% are uninsured, while 16.7% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Sedalia

Sedalia, MO

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.69
Women In Management: 39.7%
Women In Poverty: 23.7%
Women Uninsured: 14.8%

In 10th place we have Sedalia. While women in Sedalia fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 23.7% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Missouri

These are the cities where Missouri 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 De Soto 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 Missouri

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 De Soto $0.29
2 West Plains $0.64
3 Sikeston $0.69
4 Park Hills $0.63
5 Hannibal $0.64
6 Neosho $0.68
7 Kennett $0.64
8 Dexter $0.58
9 Macon $0.61
10 Sedalia $0.69
11 Caruthersville $0.71
12 Waynesville $0.44
13 Fulton $0.76
14 Sullivan $0.74
15 Richmond $0.76
16 Pevely $0.52
17 Kirksville $0.64
18 Cameron $0.66
19 Poplar Bluff $0.76
20 Republic $0.65
21 Bolivar $0.56
22 Webb City $0.84
23 Jackson $0.59
24 Festus $0.64
25 Nevada $0.65
26 Carthage $0.82
27 St. Joseph $0.71
28 Chillicothe $0.69
29 Overland $0.84
30 Joplin $0.68
31 Aurora $0.56
32 Independence $0.72
33 Springfield $0.81
34 Clinton $0.63
35 Pleasant Hill $0.57
36 Warrenton $0.72
37 Cape Girardeau $0.71
38 Warrensburg $0.84
39 Fort Leonard Wood $0.62
40 St. John $0.71
41 Harrisonville $0.72
42 Rolla $1.33
43 Excelsior Springs $0.63
44 St. Louis $0.81
45 Carl Junction $0.67
46 Lebanon $0.67
47 Parkville $0.62
48 Oak Grove $0.56
49 Monett $0.84
50 Valley Park $0.79
51 Maryville $0.65
52 Bellefontaine Neighbors $1.10
53 Murphy $0.74
54 Union $0.62
55 Town And Country $0.32
56 Clayton $0.56
57 Mexico $0.85
58 Olivette $0.60
59 Kansas City $0.80
60 Branson $0.95
61 Liberty $0.67
62 Battlefield $0.64
63 Perryville $0.64
64 Pacific $0.68
65 Dardenne Prairie $0.53
66 Raytown $0.83
67 Chesterfield $0.49
68 Nixa $0.72
69 Washington $0.65
70 Grandview $0.85
71 St. Charles $0.63
72 Ladue $0.43
73 Marshfield $0.70
74 Creve Coeur $0.58
75 Sunset Hills $0.51
76 Wildwood $0.50
77 Black Jack $0.70
78 Marshall $0.87
79 Troy $0.55
80 Des Peres $0.58
81 Webster Groves $0.60
82 Bridgeton $0.84
83 St. Robert $0.73
84 Ozark $0.68
85 Lake St. Louis $0.64
86 Odessa $0.58
87 Kearney $0.58
88 Greenwood $0.62
89 Shrewsbury $0.71
90 Spanish Lake $0.87
91 St. Ann $0.90
92 Glendale $0.64
93 O’fallon $0.62
94 Farmington $0.88
95 Gladstone $0.75
96 Wentzville $0.67
97 Oakville $0.66
98 Ellisville $0.60
99 Columbia $0.79
100 Ferguson $0.92

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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