Gender inequality remains a matter of fact in the United States. Women earn roughly 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. Many must overcome various stigma related to parenting responsibilities, gender roles, and their participation in the job market. On the other hand, women are more likely to live longer, and they are more likely to have a college degree.

These challenges and benefits play out differently across the country, and being a female in one major metropolitan area can be meaningfully different than in another, with different prospects and outlook. A job market with a severe gender wage gap can make life hard for women and girls, as can a city with widespread poverty, poor health, and subpar public education.

8. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
> Female earnings as pct. of male: 79.1%
> Female bachelor’s degree attainment: 45.8%
> 3 and 4-year olds enrolled in pre-K: 61.0%

The city of Boston is home to 35 colleges and universities. The large number of higher education institutions has likely resulted in high educational attainment for both sexes. In Boston, 46.2% of men and 45.8% of women have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to just over 30% nationwide for each men and women. Highly educated workers tend to have higher-paying jobs with better benefits, and women in Boston are among the best compensated workers in the country. The typical Boston female worker earns $52,381 annually, the fifth most among U.S. metropolitan areas.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed multiple measures of quality of life, both those that apply to women specifically, and those that apply to populations in general, to identify the best and worst cities for women. These included each city’s gender pay gap, as well as college attainment, life expectancy, and insurance rates for women, and the share of 3- and 4-year olds enrolled in Pre-K.

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