The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Washington 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 Washington.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Washington with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Quincy

Quincy, WA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.59
Women In Management: 9.7%
Women In Poverty: 22.6%
Women Uninsured: 18.5%

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

2. Ephrata

Ephrata, WA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.55
Women In Management: 12.2%
Women In Poverty: 15.1%
Women Uninsured: 8.7%

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

3. Lake Stickney

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.52
Women In Management: 38.0%
Women In Poverty: 19.9%
Women Uninsured: 9.1%

Everything isn’t great for women in Lake Stickney. Only 38.0 percent of women work in management and 19.9% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Othello

Othello, WA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 32.6%
Women In Poverty: 31.0%
Women Uninsured: 18.0%

Othello is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 18.0% of women don’t have health insurance and 31.0% of solo women live in poverty.

5. Burlington

Burlington, WA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 26.1%
Women In Poverty: 22.8%
Women Uninsured: 8.4%

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

6. Midland

Midland, WA

Source: Wikipedia

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.68
Women In Management: 28.8%
Women In Poverty: 18.5%
Women Uninsured: 14.8%

At #6, Midland has 28.8. Midland women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Union Gap

Union Gap, WA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.77
Women In Management: 22.5%
Women In Poverty: 31.3%
Women Uninsured: 14.3%

Union Gap 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. Grandview

Grandview, WA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.71
Women In Management: 30.8%
Women In Poverty: 16.1%
Women Uninsured: 16.3%

Grandview isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 16.1% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.71 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Terrace Heights

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.60
Women In Management: 30.9%
Women In Poverty: 11.6%
Women Uninsured: 8.3%

Why is it so hard to be a Terrace Heights woman? Well, making $0.60 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 8.3% are uninsured, while 11.6% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Pasco

Pasco, WA

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.70
Women In Management: 33.7%
Women In Poverty: 18.0%
Women Uninsured: 13.4%

In 10th place we have Pasco. While women in Pasco fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 18.0% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Washington

These are the cities where Washington 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 Quincy 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 Washington

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Quincy $0.59
2 Ephrata $0.55
3 Lake Stickney $0.52
4 Othello $0.66
5 Burlington $0.68
6 Midland $0.68
7 Union Gap $0.77
8 Grandview $0.71
9 Terrace Heights $0.60
10 Pasco $0.70
11 Ferndale $0.48
12 Manchester $0.54
13 North Bend $0.61
14 Lakeland North $0.61
15 Mount Vernon $0.63
16 East Wenatchee $0.73
17 Graham $0.53
18 Elk Plain $0.56
19 Yakima $0.73
20 Sunnyside $0.65
21 Prosser $0.66
22 Richland $0.53
23 Lynden $0.44
24 West Richland $0.46
25 College Place $0.72
26 Sultan $0.50
27 Snohomish $0.62
28 Anacortes $0.54
29 Lynnwood $0.70
30 West Clarkston-Highland $0.81
31 Sequim $0.66
32 Ellensburg $0.51
33 Centralia $0.79
34 Aberdeen $0.67
35 Longview $0.72
36 Toppenish $0.71
37 Salmon Creek $0.64
38 Parkland $0.67
39 Kennewick $0.68
40 Barberton $0.44
41 Everett $0.69
42 Chehalis $0.63
43 Stanwood $0.52
44 Wenatchee $0.77
45 Finley $0.48
46 Woodinville $0.54
47 Waller $0.69
48 Auburn $0.74
49 Vancouver $0.71
50 Bellingham $0.71
51 Lakewood $0.75
52 Redmond $0.44
53 Federal Way $0.74
54 Burien $0.82
55 Lake Morton-Berrydale $0.66
56 Gig Harbor $0.49
57 Washougal $0.41
58 Prairie Ridge $0.60
59 Clarkston Heights-Vineland $0.58
60 North Lynnwood $0.70
61 Bellevue $0.53
62 Cheney $0.78
63 Battle Ground $0.62
64 South Hill $0.61
65 White Center $0.72
66 Clover Creek $0.68
67 Hoquiam $0.64
68 Selah $0.57
69 Pullman $0.62
70 Mill Creek $0.43
71 Issaquah $0.53
72 Minnehaha $0.63
73 Kelso $0.87
74 Camas $0.52
75 Bothell West $0.57
76 Marysville $0.62
77 Walla Walla $0.73
78 Fairwood (Spokane $0.58
79 Woodland $0.46
80 Hazel Dell $0.72
81 Kenmore $0.60
82 Bothell City $0.59
83 Summit View $0.74
84 Orting $0.55
85 Spanaway $0.75
86 Bainbridge Island $0.45
87 Monroe $0.74
88 Ridgefield $0.51
89 Seatac $0.78
90 Tacoma $0.74
91 Enumclaw $0.57
92 Kent $0.81
93 Maple Valley $0.55
94 Sedro-Woolley $0.64
95 Woods Creek $0.58
96 Orchards $0.58
97 Cottage Lake $0.41
98 Union Hill-Novelty Hill $0.37
99 Fife $0.72
100 Silverdale $0.62
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