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Top 5 Cities for Working Mothers 2019

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All employment-related statistics are from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. child care cost estimates are from the Child Care Aware 2018 Report: The U.S. and the High Cost of Child Care, which considered the annual cost of center-based infant care.

For each city, a composite score was calculated based on the following metrics:

  • Median earnings for full-time female workers:25 points
  • Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s:20 points
  • Unemployment rate of mothers:20 points
  • Percentage of married-couple mothers in the workforce:10 points
  • Length of women’s work week (including commuting):10 points
  • State average cost of child care:15 points

NOTE: Only the 200 most populous cities in the United States were considered.

  1. Arlington, Virginia
  • Median earnings for full-time female workers:$76,438
  • Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s:84.0 percent
  • Unemployment rate of mothers:2.9 percent
  • Percentage of married-couple mothers in the workforce:77.3 percent
  • Length of women’s work week:44.5 hours
  • State average cost of child care:$13,728

 

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  • Median earnings for full-time female workers:$48,243
  • Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s:86.9 percent
  • Unemployment rate of mothers:2.6 percent
  • Percentage of married-couple mothers in the workforce:82.3 percent
  • Length of women’s work week:37.3 hours
  • State average cost of child care:$12,268
  1. Lexington, Kentucky
  • Median earnings for full-time female workers:$40,713
  • Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s:87.5 percent
  • Unemployment rate of mothers:2.5 percent
  • Percentage of married-couple mothers in the workforce:78.9 percent
  • Length of women’s work week:39.2 hours
  • State average cost of child care:$6,258
  1. Oakland, California
  • Median earnings for full-time female workers:$56,991
  • Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s:103.6 percent
  • Unemployment rate of mothers:3.1 percent
  • Percentage of married-couple mothers in the workforce:69.6 percent
  • Length of women’s work week:42.7 hours
  • State average cost of child care:$16,542
  1. San Francisco, California
  • Median earnings for full-time female workers:$76,500
  • Women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s:91.1 percent
  • Unemployment rate of mothers:5.1 percent
  • Percentage of married-couple mothers in the workforce:70.8 percent
  • Length of women’s work week:44.5 hours
  • State average cost of child care:$16,542

 


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