15 U.S. Cities Where Women Are Most Successful

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There are fun considerations to make when brainstorming new places to move (great nightlife, impressive food scene), and there are practical ones (robust public transportation, affordable housing options). But have you ever stopped to think if the city you call home is also a place where women thrive?
Fin-tech company SmartAsset did just that in a new analysis of the 25 U.S. cities where women are most successful. The locations were ranked by analyzing the median earnings for women working full time, percent of businesses owned by women, percent of women with bachelor's degrees, percent of women with high incomes (defined at $75,000 or more a year), women's unemployment rates, and average housing costs as a percentage of a full-time working woman's income.
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One reassuring aspect of the list is how many geographic regions are represented — including tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley (though San Francisco did make the list).
Dreaming of a future move? Go to SmartAsset to see all 25 cities, and read ahead for the top 15.
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1. Arlington, VA

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $80,265

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 39%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 30%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 57%
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2. Scottsdale, AZ

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $56,640

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 25%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 28%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 40%
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3. Madison, WI

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $44,621

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 39%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 31%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 21%
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4. San Francisco, CA (Tie)

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $71,655

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 30%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 32%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 49%
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5. Alexandria, VA (Tie)

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $66,831

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 31%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 31%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 44%
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6. Raleigh, NC

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $46,878

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 33%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 28%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 20%
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7. Minneapolis, MN

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $47,353

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 28%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 27%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 27%
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8. Washington, D.C.

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $65,060

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 40%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 28%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 42%
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9. Plano, TX

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $51,926

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 25%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 33%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 27%
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10. Denver, CO

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $48,003

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 28%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 32%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 24%
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11. Anchorage, AK

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $50,670

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 32%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 36%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 26%
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12. Fremont, CA

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $71,055

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 30%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 40%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 49%
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13. Seattle, WA

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $58,427

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 25%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 33%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 35%
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14. Portland, OR

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $47,692

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 31%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 33%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 27%
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15. Atlanta, GA

Women's Median Full-Time Earnings: $47,284

Percentage of Female Business Owners: 34%

Housing Cost As a Percent Of Women's Earnings: 30%

Percentage of Women With High Incomes: 24%
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