The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Virginia 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 Virginia.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Virginia with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Yorkshire

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 26.5%
Women In Poverty: 18.9%
Women Uninsured: 20.5%

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

2. Wytheville

Wytheville, VA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.59
Women In Management: 11.7%
Women In Poverty: 26.4%
Women Uninsured: 9.8%

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

3. Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, VA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.51
Women In Management: 41.1%
Women In Poverty: 30.3%
Women Uninsured: 13.6%

Everything isn’t great for women in Harrisonburg. Only 41.1 percent of women work in management and 30.3% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Bellwood

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 36.8%
Women In Poverty: 28.7%
Women Uninsured: 17.0%

Bellwood is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 17.0% of women don’t have health insurance and 28.7% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Bedford

Bedford, VA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 39.2%
Women In Poverty: 29.9%
Women Uninsured: 12.0%

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

6. Hybla Valley

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.70
Women In Management: 21.1%
Women In Poverty: 15.9%
Women Uninsured: 18.9%

At #6, Hybla Valley has 21.1. Hybla Valley women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Buena Vista

Buena Vista, VA

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.52
Women In Management: 37.5%
Women In Poverty: 21.6%
Women Uninsured: 10.3%

Buena Vista 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. Bensley

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.83
Women In Management: 24.1%
Women In Poverty: 31.1%
Women Uninsured: 24.7%

Bensley isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 31.1% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.83 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Richlands

Richlands, VA

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.73
Women In Management: 33.8%
Women In Poverty: 24.2%
Women Uninsured: 13.5%

Why is it so hard to be a Richlands woman? Well, making $0.73 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 13.5% are uninsured, while 24.2% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Dulles Town Center

Source: Public Domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.59
Women In Management: 36.8%
Women In Poverty: 12.0%
Women Uninsured: 11.7%

In 10th place we have Dulles Town Center. While women in Dulles Town Center fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 12.0% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Virginia

These are the cities where Virginia 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 Yorkshire 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 Virginia

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Yorkshire $0.66
2 Wytheville $0.59
3 Harrisonburg $0.51
4 Bellwood $0.66
5 Bedford $0.56
6 Hybla Valley $0.70
7 Buena Vista $0.52
8 Bensley $0.83
9 Richlands $0.73
10 Dulles Town Center $0.59
11 Dumfries $0.65
12 Stuarts Draft $0.74
13 Williamsburg $0.49
14 Front Royal $0.62
15 Potomac Mills $0.73
16 Sudley $0.54
17 Marion $0.84
18 Winchester $0.81
19 Dale City $0.67
20 Bailey’s Crossroads $0.79
21 Smithfield $0.66
22 Chantilly $0.53
23 Farmville $0.44
24 Galax $0.62
25 Herndon $0.52
26 Fredericksburg $0.57
27 Colonial Heights $0.72
28 Dumbarton $0.90
29 Culpeper $0.80
30 Mcnair $0.55
31 Burke Centre $0.57
32 Pulaski $0.78
33 Leesburg $0.57
34 Martinsville $0.85
35 Sterling $0.67
36 Fishersville $0.56
37 Kings Park $0.37
38 Staunton $0.70
39 Tuckahoe $0.70
40 Abingdon $0.67
41 Long Branch $0.46
42 Manassas $0.72
43 Woodburn $0.64
44 Covington $0.66
45 Marumsco $0.78
46 Lansdowne $0.58
47 Purcellville $0.41
48 Suffolk $0.61
49 Radford $0.82
50 New Baltimore $0.50
51 Lake Barcroft $0.60
52 Annandale $0.72
53 Centreville $0.65
54 Warrenton $0.57
55 Poquoson $0.54
56 Waynesboro $0.68
57 Bon Air $0.67
58 South Boston $0.68
59 Sugarland Run $0.66
60 Bristol $1.01
61 Cave Spring $0.64
62 Triangle $0.79
63 Lorton $0.71
64 Woodlawn (Fairfax $0.79
65 Mount Vernon $0.63
66 Fairfax $0.70
67 Norfolk $0.81
68 Forest $0.60
69 Lynchburg $0.80
70 Collinsville $0.71
71 South Run $0.36
72 Portsmouth $0.69
73 Chester $0.62
74 Lowes Island $0.43
75 Richmond $0.84
76 Linton Hall $0.51
77 Great Falls $0.45
78 Carrollton $0.58
79 Newport News $0.71
80 Buckhall $0.56
81 Franklin $0.69
82 Mclean $0.51
83 Seven Corners $0.92
84 Chesapeake $0.71
85 Emporia $1.00
86 Wyndham $0.42
87 Wolf Trap $0.35
88 Hollymead $0.71
89 Christiansburg $0.65
90 Roanoke $0.81
91 Cherry Hill $0.75
92 Broadlands $0.44
93 Danville $0.73
94 Charlottesville $0.79
95 Lincolnia $0.88
96 Short Pump $0.53
97 West Falls Church $0.77
98 Lakeside $0.80
99 Falls Church $0.54
100 Petersburg $0.78
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