The 10 Worst Cities For Women In New York 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 New York.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

Methodology – How We Determined The Worst Cities For Women In New York

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 New York with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Viola

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.59
Women In Management: 25.1%
Women In Poverty: 14.7%
Women Uninsured: 20.3%

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

2. Monsey

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 13.8%
Women In Poverty: 42.9%
Women Uninsured: 3.5%

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

3. Southold

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.47
Women In Management: 22.9%
Women In Poverty: 9.6%
Women Uninsured: 6.0%

Everything isn’t great for women in Southold. Only 22.9 percent of women work in management and 9.6% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. West Haverstraw

West Haverstraw, NY

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.62
Women In Management: 21.3%
Women In Poverty: 9.6%
Women Uninsured: 7.6%

West Haverstraw is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 7.6% of women don’t have health insurance and 9.6% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, NY

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.74
Women In Management: 32.3%
Women In Poverty: 29.1%
Women Uninsured: 15.6%

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

6. Inwood

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.59
Women In Management: 39.2%
Women In Poverty: 17.4%
Women Uninsured: 9.4%

At #6, Inwood has 39.2. Inwood women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Norwich

Norwich, NY

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.58
Women In Management: 20.0%
Women In Poverty: 25.7%
Women Uninsured: 2.4%

Norwich 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. Peekskill

Peekskill, NY

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.71
Women In Management: 29.6%
Women In Poverty: 13.7%
Women Uninsured: 9.9%

Peekskill isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 13.7% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.71 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Woodbury

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.50
Women In Management: 30.8%
Women In Poverty: 7.2%
Women Uninsured: 5.0%

Why is it so hard to be a Woodbury woman? Well, making $0.50 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 5.0% are uninsured, while 7.2% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Calverton

Calverton, NY

Source: Wikipedia

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.72
Women In Management: 6.9%
Women In Poverty: 12.4%
Women Uninsured: 7.0%

In 10th place we have Calverton. While women in Calverton fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 12.4% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In New York

These are the cities where New York 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 Viola 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 New York

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Viola $0.59
2 Monsey $0.56
3 Southold $0.47
4 West Haverstraw $0.62
5 Spring Valley $0.74
6 Inwood $0.59
7 Norwich $0.58
8 Peekskill $0.71
9 Woodbury $0.50
10 Calverton $0.72
11 Glen Cove $0.70
12 Manorhaven $0.77
13 Kiryas Joel $0.46
14 Manhasset $0.52
15 Webster Village $0.78
16 Watertown $0.70
17 Massena $0.62
18 Ithaca $0.48
19 Sleepy Hollow $0.78
20 Scotchtown $0.67
21 Kaser $0.61
22 Brockport $0.62
23 Ilion $0.54
24 Roslyn Heights $0.66
25 Plattsburgh $0.76
26 Fairport $0.64
27 Uniondale $0.71
28 Mastic $0.68
29 Salamanca $0.86
30 Tuckahoe $0.71
31 Hornell $0.68
32 Seneca Falls $0.74
33 Newburgh $0.74
34 Selden $0.71
35 Garden City Park Park $0.68
36 Suffern $0.74
37 Nyack $0.76
38 Lindenhurst $0.59
39 Rome $0.73
40 Big Flats $0.54
41 New Cassel $0.82
42 Highland $0.62
43 Cortland $0.51
44 Great Neck Plaza $0.62
45 Harrison $0.48
46 Carmel Hamlet $0.47
47 Airmont $0.75
48 Saranac Lake $1.00
49 Manorville $0.59
50 Port Jefferson $0.57
51 Brighton $0.66
52 South Lockport $0.65
53 Elmira $0.90
54 Mechanicville $0.80
55 Terryville $0.76
56 North Bellport $0.78
57 White Plains $0.74
58 Jericho $0.38
59 East Patchogue $0.71
60 South Huntington $0.67
61 Gloversville $0.87
62 Mamaroneck $0.74
63 Lackawanna $0.84
64 Harris Hill $0.46
65 Dix Hills $0.51
66 Great Neck $0.46
67 Port Chester $0.80
68 North Bay Shore $0.71
69 Medina $0.61
70 Central Islip $0.79
71 Irvington $0.48
72 Herkimer $0.75
73 Hudson Falls $0.68
74 Rye Brook $0.37
75 Ballston Spa $0.54
76 Amsterdam $0.75
77 Jamestown $0.75
78 Briarcliff Manor $0.42
79 Huntington Station $0.77
80 North Babylon $0.73
81 East Islip $0.65
82 East Shoreham $0.55
83 Kings Park $0.51
84 Brentwood $0.81
85 West Hempstead $0.71
86 Oakdale $0.66
87 Fairmount $0.77
88 Long Beach $0.65
89 Rye $0.46
90 Port Jefferson Station $0.53
91 Lake Ronkonkoma $0.59
92 Watervliet $0.86
93 Mount Sinai $0.73
94 Elwood $0.53
95 Johnson City $0.78
96 Copiague $0.68
97 Syracuse $0.84
98 Centereach $0.65
99 Olean $0.70
100 Bronxville $0.36
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