The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Oregon 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 Oregon.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Oregon with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Milton-Freewater

Milton-Freewater, OR

Source: Wikipedia

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.63
Women In Management: 7.5%
Women In Poverty: 37.9%
Women Uninsured: 8.0%

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

2. Junction City

Junction City, OR

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.53
Women In Management: 34.3%
Women In Poverty: 17.6%
Women Uninsured: 9.6%

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

3. Madras

Madras, OR

Source: Wikipedia

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.69
Women In Management: 37.2%
Women In Poverty: 28.2%
Women Uninsured: 11.3%

Everything isn’t great for women in Madras. Only 37.2 percent of women work in management and 28.2% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Altamont

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.67
Women In Management: 37.3%
Women In Poverty: 21.5%
Women Uninsured: 11.8%

Altamont is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 11.8% of women don’t have health insurance and 21.5% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Lebanon

Lebanon, OR

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 29.6%
Women In Poverty: 19.7%
Women Uninsured: 5.9%

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

6. The Dalles

The Dalles, OR

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.58
Women In Management: 31.7%
Women In Poverty: 15.3%
Women Uninsured: 7.0%

At #6, The Dalles has 31.7. The Dalles women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. La Grande

La Grande, OR

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.54
Women In Management: 43.9%
Women In Poverty: 25.7%
Women Uninsured: 6.8%

La Grande 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. Seaside

Seaside, OR

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 25.4%
Women In Poverty: 12.8%
Women Uninsured: 9.6%

Seaside isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 12.8% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.68 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Ontario

Ontario, OR

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.77
Women In Management: 36.6%
Women In Poverty: 34.2%
Women Uninsured: 8.8%

Why is it so hard to be a Ontario woman? Well, making $0.77 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 8.8% are uninsured, while 34.2% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Eagle Point

Eagle Point, OR

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.49
Women In Management: 15.4%
Women In Poverty: 11.4%
Women Uninsured: 6.4%

In 10th place we have Eagle Point. While women in Eagle Point fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 11.4% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Oregon

These are the cities where Oregon 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 Milton-Freewater 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 Oregon

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Milton-Freewater $0.63
2 Junction City $0.53
3 Madras $0.69
4 Altamont $0.67
5 Lebanon $0.56
6 The Dalles $0.58
7 La Grande $0.54
8 Seaside $0.68
9 Ontario $0.77
10 Eagle Point $0.49
11 Grants Pass $0.73
12 Hermiston $0.69
13 Sutherlin $0.66
14 Monmouth $0.49
15 Wilsonville $0.65
16 Redmond $0.78
17 Forest Grove $0.59
18 Baker City $0.60
19 Tillamook $0.73
20 Hillsboro $0.60
21 Cottage Grove $0.64
22 Tualatin $0.66
23 Four Corners $0.68
24 Klamath Falls $0.74
25 Brookings $0.51
26 Beaverton $0.74
27 Woodburn $0.78
28 Dallas $0.66
29 Gresham $0.73
30 North Bend $0.71
31 Lincoln City $0.90
32 Newberg $0.74
33 Hayesville $0.74
34 Medford $0.76
35 Sweet Home $0.47
36 Albany $0.67
37 Bend $0.72
38 St. Helens $0.49
39 Mcminnville $0.73
40 Cedar Mill $0.49
41 Sandy $0.56
42 Cornelius $0.65
43 Aloha $0.74
44 Keizer $0.71
45 Jennings Lodge $0.88
46 Corvallis $0.83
47 Bethany $0.48
48 Springfield $0.79
49 Cedar Hills $0.69
50 Eugene $0.79
51 Astoria $0.77
52 Tigard $0.73
53 Lake Oswego $0.49
54 Raleigh Hills $0.58
55 Molalla $0.55
56 Ashland $0.81
57 Damascus $0.56
58 Coos Bay $0.74
59 West Linn $0.53
60 Sherwood $0.52
61 Canby $0.64
62 Warrenton $0.69
63 Newport $0.79
64 Salem $0.83
65 Happy Valley $0.50
66 Talent $0.98
67 Roseburg North $0.71
68 Pendleton $0.82
69 Oatfield $0.63
70 Oak Hills $0.71
71 White City $0.89
72 Garden Home-Whitford $0.69
73 Rockcreek $0.66
74 Creswell $0.57
75 Central Point $0.76
76 Portland $0.81
77 Florence $0.78
78 Oregon City $0.71
79 Milwaukie $0.73
80 Deschutes River Woods $0.85
81 Oak Grove $0.81
82 Green $0.65
83 Scappoose $0.53
84 Bull Mountain $0.59
85 Stayton $0.70
86 Winston $0.88
87 Hood River $0.99
88 Roseburg $0.96
89 Troutdale $0.75
90 Independence $0.86
91 Gladstone $0.87
92 Silverton $0.88
93 West Haven-Sylvan $0.91
94 Fairview $0.80
95 West Slope $0.84
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