Best States for Women… and the Ones to Avoid

best states for women

We all know not all states are created equally. Some states are better for nature lovers, some are better for people who love urban spaces, some are better for sunny weather. But, have you ever wondered what are the best states for women? 


Best States for Women and the ones to avoid! 

My home state of NY is in the top 10, how does your measure up? Not surprisingly, most of the worst states for women are southern states. The state that is the worst in the Union is Mississippi. Minnesota is number 1. 


Best States for Women   Worst States for Women
1 Minnesota   42 Texas
2 Massachusetts   43 New Mexico
3 North Dakota   44 Idaho
4 District of Columbia   45 West Virginia
5 New York   46 Oklahoma
6 Connecticut   47 Alabama
7 Maine   48 Arkansas
8 Colorado   49 South Carolina
9 Hawaii   50 Mississippi
10 Vermont   51 Louisiana






Best vs. Worst

  • The District of Columbia has the highest median earnings for female workers (adjusted for cost of living), $34,417, which is 1.5 times higher than in California, the lowest at $22,508.
  • The District of Columbia has the highest share of women who voted in the 2016 presidential election, 77.2 percent, which is 1.6 times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at 49.3 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of women living in poverty, 8.9 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 23.5 percent.
  • Alaska has the highest share of women-owned businesses, 22.87 percent, which is 1.6 times higher than in South Dakota, the lowest at 14.04 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest female uninsured rate, 2.3 percent, which is 7.6 times lower than in Texas, the highest at 17.5 percent.
Source: WalletHub
Check out this infographic that shows the best and worst for women in different categories: 
Thank you to WalletHub for infographics and information, for more information on methodology click here. 
Diana Limongi
Diana a mom, activist, nonprofit professional, podcaster and writer from Queens, NY. She writes about motherhood, activism, raising my multilingual kids, culture and travel. She and her multicultural family live in Queens, NY.

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