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The best and worst states for working women: North tops South

Is your career going well? It could depend on what state you live in. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8 and Women’s History Month, WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Women and you may be surprised which states were kinder to women than others.

The analysis looked at factors including median earnings for female workers to share of women-owned businesses to female homicide rate in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.


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The North leads the way

So who came out on top? It’s Minnesota for the win. The North Star State was consistently in the top tier for highest median earnings, lowest percentage of women in poverty, highest high school graduation rate, lowest female uninsured rate, and highest women’s life expectancy at birth. All of these data points helped make it the best overall state for women.

  1. Minnesota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Vermont
  4. North Dakota
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Maine
  7. Hawaii
  8. Connecticut
  9. Iowa
  10. New Hampshire

The South dominates the bottom

As for which states fared the worst Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana came in 47th through 51st respectively.

Mississippi had the highest percentage of women in poverty and South Dakota had the lowest percentage of women-owned businesses.

Nevada had the lowest high school graduation rate for women and be careful in Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, and Alaska, which were all tied for the highest female homicide rates.

D.C. women highest paid, most unemployed

Some other notable data points included Washington, D.C. (which is closing the pay-gap in certain sectors) having the highest median earnings for female workers at $32,355 — two times more than Hawaii, which was lowest at $16,843 — but they also had the highest unemployment rate. Interestingly, Alaska had the highest share of women-owned businesses at 22.87 percent, 1.6 times higher than in South Dakota, which has the lowest at 14.04 percent.

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