A recent NerdWallet article named Vallejo as the 7th best city for women in the workforce for medium sized cities. The study analyzed 522 cities: 61 large cities with populations over 300,000; 241 medium-size cities with populations from 100,000 to 300,000; and 220 small cities with populations under 100,000.
The number of women working in the U.S. workforce has experienced a steady increase in the last 50 years, with an increase of 29 percent to nearly 50 percent since 1967. According to the study, in 1960, only one in 10 mothers in the U.S. was the sole or primary family breadwinner. In 2011, the number reached four in 10.
NerdWallet crunched the numbers and analyzed the following factors: Women’s earnings, which looked at the median salary for the full-time, year-round female workers in each city and included the median gross rent as a proxy to gauge cost of living; Income equality, which calculated women’s pay as a percentage of men’s pay to measure the level of income equality in each city; and, Population growth, which assessed long-term growth potential by including recent population growth for each location.
By using median earnings, median gross rent, women’s earning as a percentage of men’s earnings and population growth from 2009 to 2012, Vallejo was placed at 7 overall with its median earnings for female workers was $47,420 and women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings was 104.63 percent both ranking second overall. The median gross rent was $1,154 and population growth experienced just a 2.8 percent increase from 2009, both ranked seventh overall.
To read the full findings and methodology, visit NerdWallet.