The 10 Worst Cities For Women In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

Methodology – How We Determined The Worst Cities For Women In North Carolina

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 North Carolina with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Selma

Selma, NC

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.71
Women In Management: 22.6%
Women In Poverty: 43.9%
Women Uninsured: 20.8%

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

2. Lenoir

Lenoir, NC

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 27.2%
Women In Poverty: 27.7%
Women Uninsured: 14.4%

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

3. Lexington

Lexington, NC

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 35.3%
Women In Poverty: 33.7%
Women Uninsured: 16.8%

Everything isn’t great for women in Lexington. Only 35.3 percent of women work in management and 33.7% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Laurinburg

Laurinburg, NC

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.62
Women In Management: 34.7%
Women In Poverty: 36.6%
Women Uninsured: 10.4%

Laurinburg is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 10.4% of women don’t have health insurance and 36.6% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Wadesboro

Wadesboro, NC

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.74
Women In Management: 24.1%
Women In Poverty: 37.9%
Women Uninsured: 10.7%

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

6. Whiteville

Whiteville, NC

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.62
Women In Management: 20.0%
Women In Poverty: 32.8%
Women Uninsured: 7.3%

At #6, Whiteville has 20.0. Whiteville women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Dunn

Dunn, NC

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.62
Women In Management: 38.8%
Women In Poverty: 33.9%
Women Uninsured: 11.3%

Dunn 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. Roanoke Rapids

Roanoke Rapids, NC

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.60
Women In Management: 31.3%
Women In Poverty: 24.8%
Women Uninsured: 9.7%

Roanoke Rapids isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 24.8% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.60 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Reidsville

Reidsville, NC

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 34.3%
Women In Poverty: 25.8%
Women Uninsured: 11.8%

Why is it so hard to be a Reidsville woman? Well, making $0.68 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 11.8% are uninsured, while 25.8% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Sawmills

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.80
Women In Management: 9.8%
Women In Poverty: 21.5%
Women Uninsured: 14.9%

In 10th place we have Sawmills. While women in Sawmills fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 21.5% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In North Carolina

These are the cities where North Carolina 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 Selma 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 North Carolina

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Selma $0.71
2 Lenoir $0.68
3 Lexington $0.68
4 Laurinburg $0.62
5 Wadesboro $0.74
6 Whiteville $0.62
7 Dunn $0.62
8 Roanoke Rapids $0.60
9 Reidsville $0.68
10 Sawmills $0.80
11 James City $0.72
12 Mocksville $0.79
13 Asheboro $0.74
14 Hope Mills $0.59
15 Angier $0.68
16 Monroe $0.71
17 Stokesdale $0.59
18 Lumberton $0.75
19 Henderson $0.77
20 Thomasville $0.75
21 Trinity $0.71
22 Clinton $0.75
23 Goldsboro $0.64
24 Roxboro $0.79
25 Albemarle $0.62
26 Wilmington $0.67
27 Graham $0.67
28 Statesville $0.71
29 Carolina Beach $0.57
30 Smithfield $0.89
31 Woodfin $0.72
32 Elizabeth City $0.71
33 Hampstead $0.59
34 Eden $0.81
35 Southern Pines $0.51
36 Shelby $0.65
37 Walkertown $0.80
38 High Point $0.74
39 Zebulon $0.82
40 Oxford $0.71
41 Morehead City $0.74
42 Greenville $0.76
43 Mooresville $0.63
44 Wilson $0.76
45 Boone $0.68
46 Nashville $0.63
47 Mount Holly $0.74
48 Waynesville $0.60
49 Mount Airy $0.84
50 Kinston $0.73
51 Sanford $0.74
52 Mint Hill $0.74
53 Marvin $0.26
54 Wesley Chapel $0.51
55 Harrisburg $0.51
56 Bessemer City $0.83
57 Morganton $0.78
58 Cornelius $0.60
59 Hamlet $1.21
60 Hickory $0.72
61 Salisbury $0.79
62 Lincolnton $0.77
63 Washington $0.89
64 Siler City $0.80
65 Burlington $0.82
66 Fuquay-Varina $0.59
67 Ayden $0.99
68 Rocky Mount $0.75
69 Stallings $0.63
70 Wake Forest $0.57
71 Butner $0.79
72 Winston-Salem $0.83
73 Forest City $1.14
74 Concord $0.69
75 Indian Trail $0.67
76 Williamston $1.09
77 Belmont $0.72
78 Spring Lake $0.75
79 Charlotte $0.77
80 Waxhaw $0.45
81 Morrisville $0.59
82 Boiling Spring Lakes $0.66
83 New Bern $0.79
84 Oak Ridge $0.56
85 Silver Lake $0.84
86 Weddington $0.28
87 Gastonia $0.81
88 Chapel Hill $0.60
89 Conover $0.68
90 Kannapolis $0.84
91 Fayetteville $0.75
92 Clemmons $0.64
93 Greensboro $0.80
94 Cary $0.57
95 Archdale $0.78
96 Half Moon $0.61
97 Lake Norman $0.55
98 Rolesville $0.57
99 Piney Green $0.61
100 Clayton $0.90
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