What’s the best city for women in tech? According to a recent survey by personal-finance website SmartAsset, it’s Washington D.C., followed by Kansas City, Baltimore, Indianapolis, and New Orleans.
Those results are similar to SmartAsset’s 2016 list, in which Washington D.C. and Kansas City also placed first and second, respectively, followed by Detroit, Baltimore, and Indianapolis. SmartAsset used four metrics to rank its cities: the gender pay gap in technology, income after housing costs, women as a percentage of the tech workforce, and four-year tech employment growth. In order to be counted, cities needed a population in excess of 200,000 people.
This year, Washington D.C. had a gender pay gap of 94.8 percent, an average income (after housing costs) of $56,416, and 41 percent of its tech jobs filled by women. Those results are mixed in comparison to last year, when the city’s gender pay gap stood at 99.3 percent, post-housing income was $59,704, and the percentage of tech jobs filled by women was 40.4 percent.
On a national scale, the results were mixed. “Based on our analysis, we found that the average female-to-male earnings ratio is 84.8 percent. Last year it was 86.7 percent,” the report added. “While female tech workers earn more than their male counterparts in a few cities, more needs to be done to ensure that women are receiving equal pay for equal work.”
Although women earn more than men in Kansas City, the percentage of tech jobs held by women has declined over the span of SmartAsset’s monitoring: “Women now make up about 30 percent of the workers in computer and mathematical roles. In 2014, they made up roughly 34 percent of that segment of the tech workforce in KC.”
Cities such as Baltimore and New Orleans have seen double-digit growth in tech jobs over the past few years, a good sign for the tech economy as a whole. Such expansion may also help turn more places into genuine tech hubs. In the meantime, however, women remain the minority within the tech communities of many cities. Here’s a handy infographic of SmartAsset’s findings: