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Five Best Cities for Women

WomenCo. has combed through hordes of city lists, best-of rankings, and personal opinions to come up with a list of twenty-five U.S. cities that are worth getting excited about.

#1 San Francisco, California
Overall Score: 98


Description: A popular tourist destination resting on a peninsula into the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco is a diversified city with dense population and beautiful Victorian architecture. With many historical sites and a burgeoning downtown, San Francisco hosts a population coming from a variety of different backgrounds, political perspectives, and classes.

Population: 744,041
Best for: Singles, Young Couples, Families, Empty Nesters
Median Salary for Women: $57,496
Overall Diversity (Higher is Better): 5/5
Crime Rating (Lower is Better): 81/100
Cost-of-Living Index (National Average is 100, Higher is Better): 21
Transportation: 60/100
Culture/Nightlife Rating (Higher is Better): 98/100

Female-led Industries:
1) Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (15%)
2) Health Care (12%)
3) Educational Services (8%)
4) Sales (5%)
5) Accountants and Auditors (3%)

Just for Women: San Francisco Women on the Web, Bay Area Community of Women


#2 Boston, Massachusetts

Overall Score: 96

Description: Home to the esteemed Harvard College and center point of the American Revolution, Boston is one of the most historic cities in New England. Although the cost of inner-city living is on the rise, Boston is a bastion of New England’s unique assortment of attitudes, accents, and weather patterns.

Population: 4,455,217
Best For: Young Couples, Singles, Families
Median Salary for Women: $42,562
Overall Diversity (Higher is Better): 3/5
Crime Rating (Lower is Better): 73/100
Cost-of-Living Index (National Average is 100, Higher is Better): 62
Transportation: 60/100
Culture/Nightlife Rating (Higher is Better): 94/100

Female-led Industries:
1) Healthcare (18%)
2) Educational Services (13%)
3) Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (10%)
4) Finance and Insurance (9%)
5) Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School Teachers (4%)

Just for Women: Boston Women’s Network, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


#3 New York City, New York
Overall Score: 96

Description: Officially, the largest city in the United States, New York City has over 8.2 million residents. New York City is incredibly diverse, and usually considered the cultural hot-spot of the entire United States of America.

Population: 8,214,426
Best For: Singles, Young Couples, Families
Median Salary for Women:
$43,434
Overall Diversity (Higher is Better) :
5/5
Crime Rating (Lower is Better):
84/100
Cost-of-Living Index (Natl. Average is 100, Higher is Better):
32
Transportation:
98/10
Culture/Nightlife Rating (Higher is Better):
95/100

Female-led Industries:
1) Healthcare (20%)
2) Educational Services (12%)
3) Social Assistance (5%)
4) Business Operations Specialists (5%)
5) Registered Nurses (3%)

Just for Women:
National Organization for Women, Women Management New York


#4 Washington D.C.

Overall Score: 91


Description: As the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. has a population of over 5 million, and is considered one of the fastest growing regions in the nation.

Population: 582,174Best For: Singles, Young Couples, Families
Median Salary for Women: $47,221
Overall Diversity (Higher is Better): 3/5
Crime Rating (Lower is Better): 84/100
Cost-of-Living Index (Natl. Average is 100, Higher is Better): 54
Transportation: 60/100
Culture/Nightlife Rating (Higher is Better):
80/100

Female-led Industries:

1) Public Administration (17%)
2) Professional, Scientific, Technical Services (13%)
3) Educational Services (12%)
4) Health Care (9%)
5) Media and Communications (5%)

Just for Women: National Museum of Women in the Arts, Center for Women Policy Issues


#5 Austin
Overall Score: 89

Description: A hotbed for university professors, lobbyists, aspiring rock musicians, techies, and workers, Austin is by far the most eclectic and progressively-styled region in Texas.

Population: 1,415,324
Best For: Singles, Young Couples, Empty Nesters
Median Salary for Women: $43,731
Overall Diversity (Higher is Better) :3/5
Crime Rating (Lower is Better): 55/100
Cost-of-Living Index (Natl. Average is 100, Higher is Better): 86
Transportation: 60/100
Culture/Nightlife Rating (Higher is Better):
85/100

Female-led Industries:
1) Educational Services (15%)
2) Healthcare (12%)
3) Sales Professionals (5%)
4) Finance and Insurance (4%)
5) Engineers (4%)

Just for Women: Austin Commission for Women, Women Printmakers of Austin

This article is reprinted from WomenCo.

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