The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Nevada 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 Nevada.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Nevada with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Elko

Elko, NV

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 35.6%
Women In Poverty: 15.6%
Women Uninsured: 14.7%

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

2. Winchester

Winchester, NV

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.78
Women In Management: 36.8%
Women In Poverty: 20.4%
Women Uninsured: 20.7%

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

3. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, NV

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.44
Women In Management: 38.8%
Women In Poverty: 12.7%
Women Uninsured: 13.6%

Everything isn’t great for women in Winnemucca. Only 38.8 percent of women work in management and 12.7% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Lemmon Valley

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.64
Women In Management: 10.1%
Women In Poverty: 7.2%
Women Uninsured: 21.8%

Lemmon Valley is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 21.8% of women don’t have health insurance and 7.2% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Fallon

Fallon, NV

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.76
Women In Management: 38.7%
Women In Poverty: 16.8%
Women Uninsured: 13.2%

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

6. Incline Village

Incline Village, NV

Source: Wikipedia User |

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.75
Women In Management: 36.6%
Women In Poverty: 12.5%
Women Uninsured: 11.4%

At #6, Incline Village has 36.6. Incline Village women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Spanish Springs

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 26.3%
Women In Poverty: 6.0%
Women Uninsured: 11.5%

Spanish Springs 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. Sunrise Manor

Sunrise Manor, NV

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.82
Women In Management: 51.0%
Women In Poverty: 24.1%
Women Uninsured: 16.1%

Sunrise Manor isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 24.1% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.82 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Paradise

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.88
Women In Management: 41.4%
Women In Poverty: 18.6%
Women Uninsured: 14.2%

Why is it so hard to be a Paradise woman? Well, making $0.88 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 14.2% are uninsured, while 18.6% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Moapa Valley

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.42
Women In Management: 17.6%
Women In Poverty: 8.1%
Women Uninsured: 6.6%

In 10th place we have Moapa Valley. While women in Moapa Valley fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 8.1% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Nevada

These are the cities where Nevada 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 Elko 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 Nevada

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Elko $0.56
2 Winchester $0.78
3 Winnemucca $0.44
4 Lemmon Valley $0.64
5 Fallon $0.76
6 Incline Village $0.75
7 Spanish Springs $0.56
8 Sunrise Manor $0.82
9 Paradise $0.88
10 Moapa Valley $0.42
11 North Las Vegas $0.76
12 Sun Valley $0.86
13 Las Vegas $0.84
14 Carson City $0.78
15 Indian Hills $0.76
16 Sparks $0.71
17 Fernley $0.64
18 Pahrump $0.78
19 Johnson Lane $0.48
20 Spring Valley $0.83
21 Cold Springs $0.58
22 Spring Creek $0.46
23 Dayton $0.74
24 Reno $0.83
25 Summerlin South $0.65
26 Boulder City $0.54
27 Whitney $0.89
28 Henderson $0.72
29 Enterprise $0.80
30 Gardnerville Ranchos $0.87
31 Gardnerville $1.03
32 Laughlin $0.98
33 Mesquite $0.79

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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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