Durham is 6th-best city for women in the workforce

Durham is the sixth-best U.S. city for women in the workforce, according to a new report from personal financial website NerdWallet.

The report began with 529 cities and scored them based on the following factors:

  • 2015 unemployment rate;
  • Women’s median earnings as a percentage of men’s median earnings for full-time, year-round workers;
  • Median gross rent as a percentage of women’s median monthly earnings; and
  • The difference between men and women in the workforce as measured by the participation rate, which is the percentage of adults ages 20 to 64 who are employed or who are seeking employment.

Durham is one of only 17 cities where women outearn men. Women's median earnings are 101.9 percent of men's, compared to 79.8 percent nationwide.

The top three cities on the list of the top 100 cities for working women are all in Minnesota: Rochester, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Rounding out the top 10 are Iowa City, Iowa; Denton, Texas; Durham; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Bismarck, North Dakota; Skokie, Illinois; and Redwood City, California.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, Asheville is No. 22; Greensboro is No. 86 and Winston-Salem is No. 97.


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