The 10 Worst Cities For Women In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

The results? Location makes a big difference.

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

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

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

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 Wisconsin with a population larger than 5,000.

1. Ashland

Ashland, WI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.59
Women In Management: 29.2%
Women In Poverty: 18.3%
Women Uninsured: 7.7%

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

2. Reedsburg

Reedsburg, WI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 27.4%
Women In Poverty: 15.8%
Women Uninsured: 6.4%

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

3. Marinette

Marinette, WI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.56
Women In Management: 39.0%
Women In Poverty: 21.2%
Women Uninsured: 4.7%

Everything isn’t great for women in Marinette. Only 39.0 percent of women work in management and 21.2% live in poverty. That’s not so great

4. Neenah

Neenah, WI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.61
Women In Management: 32.4%
Women In Poverty: 15.1%
Women Uninsured: 4.1%

Neenah is the fourth worst city to be a woman. 4.1% of women don’t have health insurance and 15.1% of solo women live in poverty.

5. New London

New London, WI

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.65
Women In Management: 29.3%
Women In Poverty: 14.3%
Women Uninsured: 4.5%

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

6. Watertown

Watertown, WI

Source: Public domain

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.70
Women In Management: 26.3%
Women In Poverty: 12.6%
Women Uninsured: 6.1%

At #6, Watertown has 26.3. Watertown women have a high chance of living in poverty. Yikes.

7. Mukwonago

Mukwonago, WI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.58
Women In Management: 36.5%
Women In Poverty: 8.6%
Women Uninsured: 6.7%

Mukwonago 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. Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.66
Women In Management: 38.2%
Women In Poverty: 17.6%
Women Uninsured: 4.9%

Wisconsin Rapids isn’t so great for lone women. They have a 17.6% chance of living in poverty and earn $0.66 for every male dollar earned. See the connection?

9. Whitewater

Whitewater, WI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.86
Women In Management: 32.5%
Women In Poverty: 37.7%
Women Uninsured: 7.2%

Why is it so hard to be a Whitewater woman? Well, making $0.86 for every dollar a male definitely doesn’t help. Toss in the fact that 7.2% are uninsured, while 37.7% of single women live in poverty and it paints a pretty unfortunate picture.

10. Rice Lake

Rice Lake, WI

How Much Women Make For Male Dollars Earned: $0.62
Women In Management: 42.9%
Women In Poverty: 17.7%
Women Uninsured: 4.8%

In 10th place we have Rice Lake. While women in Rice Lake fare better than the first 9 cities, they still face steep challenges. Just ask the 17.7% who live in poverty.

Summary On Worst Cities to Be A Woman In Wisconsin

These are the cities where Wisconsin 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 Ashland 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 Wisconsin

Rank Place Pay Gap
1 Ashland $0.59
2 Reedsburg $0.66
3 Marinette $0.56
4 Neenah $0.61
5 New London $0.65
6 Watertown $0.70
7 Mukwonago $0.58
8 Wisconsin Rapids $0.66
9 Whitewater $0.86
10 Rice Lake $0.62
11 Eau Claire $0.68
12 Sparta $0.67
13 Menomonie $0.85
14 Lake Geneva $0.79
15 New Richmond $0.64
16 Little Chute $0.64
17 Two Rivers $0.68
18 Fond Du Lac $0.64
19 Beloit $0.70
20 Edgerton $0.64
21 Delafield $0.52
22 Fox Crossing $0.62
23 Elkhorn $0.71
24 Slinger $0.55
25 Wausau $0.81
26 Milton $0.59
27 La Crosse $0.67
28 Cedarburg $0.50
29 Janesville $0.66
30 Superior $0.72
31 Appleton $0.71
32 Twin Lakes $0.67
33 Kenosha $0.71
34 Hartford $0.73
35 Manitowoc $0.63
36 Delavan $0.68
37 Antigo $0.69
38 Ripon $0.63
39 West Bend $0.59
40 Stevens Point $0.66
41 Somers $0.78
42 Oshkosh $0.70
43 Hartland $0.49
44 Sheboygan $0.67
45 Rib Mountain $0.54
46 Howard $0.65
47 Bellevue $0.70
48 Merrill $0.69
49 St. Francis $0.83
50 Green Bay $0.75
51 Chippewa Falls $0.73
52 Lake Hallie $0.74
53 Milwaukee $0.81
54 Mequon $0.44
55 Onalaska $0.72
56 South Milwaukee $0.71
57 Salem Lakes $0.64
58 Plover $0.64
59 Racine $0.78
60 Sussex $0.62
61 Windsor $0.55
62 Weston $0.71
63 Platteville $1.07
64 Waukesha $0.67
65 Marshfield $0.71
66 Sturgeon Bay $0.72
67 Port Washington $0.62
68 Waupun $0.74
69 Madison $0.75
70 Berlin $0.57
71 Shawano $0.78
72 Tichigan $0.54
73 Fitchburg $0.79
74 Hobart $0.68
75 Lake Mills $0.85
76 Kaukauna $0.69
77 Caledonia $0.61
78 Pleasant Prairie $0.58
79 River Falls $0.74
80 Waunakee $0.63
81 Sheboygan Falls $0.67
82 Kimberly $0.69
83 Prairie Du Chien $0.79
84 Waupaca $0.69
85 Burlington $0.60
86 Portage $0.76
87 West Allis $0.76
88 Wind Lake $0.71
89 Fort Atkinson $0.67
90 Muskego $0.59
91 De Pere $0.70
92 Oconomowoc $0.67
93 Shorewood $0.70
94 Menasha $0.71
95 Ashwaubenon $0.72
96 Plymouth $0.74
97 Elm Grove $0.44
98 Beaver Dam $0.76
99 Mount Pleasant $0.60
100 Cudahy $0.79
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