Best Places for Women-Owned Businesses

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Best Places for Woman-Owned Businesses

Entrepreneur Elisabeth Saucier started Zaza Raw in 2011, after learning her children are allergic to gluten, soy and dairy. A trained chef, she had been cooking raw meals for her kids at home in Boulder, Colorado, and wanted to see if there was a commercial demand for the raw desserts her children loved.

Now, about 200 stores nationwide sell her raw, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free cheesecakes, brownies and chocolate ganache, including some Whole Foods Market locations. To keep up with demand, she employs four people who work in her kitchen and is looking to hire at least one more to help her manage the business.

“Being in Boulder, there’re so many food companies here,” she says. “It’s the best place to be.”

Saucier is taking her business to the next level as one of the first participants of MergeLane, a new 12-week accelerator program for companies run by women. MergeLane, also based in Boulder, invested $20,000 in all eight participating companies, including Zaza Raw. Saucier will have the opportunity to pitch to other investors at the program’s demo day in late April.

The biggest thing Saucier has learned from the accelerator so far? “Be more confident,” she says. Although Saucier still hopes to expand her business, the mentors and speakers she’s worked with have helped her appreciate how far Zaza Raw has come since its humble beginnings in her home kitchen.

“You never see yourself how other people see you,” she says.

Where women-owned businesses succeed

Saucier’s is one of an estimated 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that produce more than $1.4 trillion in revenues, according to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN.

To understand where women business owners can have the most success, NerdWallet analyzed 289 metropolitan areas in the U.S. with 10,000 or more businesses that range in size from sole proprietorships to larger businesses and companies. We used eight metrics to evaluate those places and focused on the following questions:

Are women-owned businesses successful here? We looked at the percentage of businesses owned by women, percentage of those businesses with paid employees and the average revenue of businesses owned by women in each place.

About 23 million of the 28 million total U.S. small businesses are one- or two-person enterprises that don’t typically have employees.

What is the business climate like? We considered the number of businesses per 100 people and the percentage of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher in each place.

Is the area’s economy strong? We evaluated the median income for women, balanced by median monthly housing costs to reflect the cost of living in each place. We also looked at the unemployment rate for each place.

Key takeaways

California stands out. Four metro areas in the top 20 places on our list are in Northern California. These metro areas include Napa, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Hayward, Santa Cruz and Watsonville. These places have a high percentage of women-owned businesses, a high median income for women and a relatively large population of women with at least a bachelor’s degree.

Smaller markets pay off. Businesses owned by women in smaller metro areas such as Monroe, Michigan, Racine, Wisconsin, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, have much higher average revenue than businesses owned by women in larger places. The average annual revenue for businesses in smaller areas is three to four times higher than the $149,483 average of all businesses owned by women that we analyzed.

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1. Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico’s capital city tops our list for its high percentage of businesses owned by women and its affordable cost of living. The city’s tourism industry attracts at least 1 million visitors each year who come to enjoy the city’s rich arts culture, adobe-style architecture and breathtaking views of the southern Rocky Mountains. Over 80% of the city’s restaurants are locally owned, including Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café. Wildflower International, an information technology provider to the federal government that says it is the largest woman-owned business in the state, is also based here.

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2. Boulder, Colorado

Known for craft breweries, mountain views and a lively startup scene, Boulder offers a high quality of life for entrepreneurs. Boulder’s economy is strong — its 3% unemployment rate is the lowest in our top 20. The city’s economy supports a rich ecosystem of companies specializing in aerospace, biosciences, data storage, natural products, outdoor recreation, renewable energy, software and tourism. The city’s microloan program lends up to $50,000 to businesses with annual revenue of less than $2 million. Successful women-owned businesses here include Proto’s Pizza and The Pilates Center.

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3. Monroe, Michigan

On Lake Erie and less than 50 miles from Ann Arbor, Detroit and Toledo, Monroe attracts manufacturers, retail traders and companies in other industries that benefit from the city’s strategically located port. The city’s historic downtown is home to locally owned restaurants, coffee shops, bars and retailers. The average business owned by a woman in Monroe brings in $601,565 in revenue annually, more than four times the average of the places we analyzed.

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4. Racine, Wisconsin

Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee, businesses in Racine benefit from a low cost of living and a location close to major markets. The city’s proximity to interstate highways, railroad networks, port cities and two international airports make it ideal for businesses engaged in manufacturing and trade. The city’s lakeshore beaches and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture attract tourists who visit local restaurants and shops, including RG Natural Babies, a baby accessories store, and Funky Hannah’s, which features beads and art. The average business owned by a woman in Racine produces $586,241 in revenue a year, significantly more than most places on our list.

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5. Ocean City, New Jersey

Ocean City is a classic seaside destination on the New Jersey shore, complete with expansive white sand beaches and a boardwalk lined with attractions. Ocean City’s economy is strongly tied to tourism and entrepreneurship opportunities lie in the recreation, hospitality, food and retail industries. Businesses owned by women include Crazy Susan’s Cookies, a sweets shop featured on the “Rachael Ray Show,” and Yoga Ginger, a yoga studio in downtown Ocean City. More than 25% of women-owned businesses in Ocean City have paid employees, more than any place in our top 20.

Local resources

  • National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey chapter
  • U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Ocean City, New Jersey, region

6. Napa, California

Known for its rolling hills, vineyards, tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants, Napa thrives because of its booming tourist trade linked to the wine industry. The Napa Valley region is home to nearly 400 wineries, 95% of which are owned by families. Businesses owned by women include Star Staffing, a company that connects job seekers and wine industry businesses, and Intervine Inc., a global wine management company. The city’s economy also has sizable manufacturing and trade sectors, which are expected to grow in coming years.

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7. Washington, D.C., Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia, and Maryland-West Virginia

The nation’s capital is a growing hub for entrepreneurship, attracting new technology incubators and companies including Mobius Consulting, a woman-owned systems engineering company that has a contract with the federal government. Washington, D.C., attracts local shops, restaurants and bars and a third of businesses are owned by women, including Georgetown Cupcake, featured on the TLC reality show “DC Cupcakes.” Women in this area earn about $56,494 a year, the highest median income in our top 10.

Local resources

  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater D.C. chapter
  • SBA Washington, D.C., Women’s Business Center
  • U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia region
  • American Business Women’s Association, D.C. chapter

8. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

Cape Cod’s largest town, Barnstable, thrives because of the summertime tourists who flock to the cape, more than tripling the population during peak season. Barnstable has a strong commercial environment, with about 15 businesses for every 100 people. Hyannis, a village within the town, has a booming downtown center. Businesses owned by women include Shift Eco Boutique, a clothing and accessory retailer, and Dina Lyons Design, a print and Web graphic designer.

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9. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California

The San Francisco Bay Area has one of the nation’s most vibrant startup scenes and it is home to some of the most notable technology companies in the world. The region attracts companies developing software, mobile applications, information technology, biotechnology and environmental technology. Startups led by women include Placecast, which develops location-based mobile advertising programs, and Eventbrite, a posting platform for events.

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10. Lancaster, Pennsylvania

In southeastern Pennsylvania, between Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Lancaster offers proximity to major markets while maintaining the affordability of a small community. The city’s revitalized historic downtown attracts shops, restaurants, hotels and galleries, including La Petite Patisserie, a French-style bakery. The average business owned by a woman in Lancaster brings in $597,554 in revenue each year, significantly more than most places on our list.

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Best places for women-owned businesses

Rank Metro area % of women-owned businesses % of women-owned businesses with paid employees Average revenue of women-owned businesses Businesses per 100 people % of women with bachelor’s degree or higher Median income of women Median monthly housing costs December 2014 unemployment Overall score
1 Santa Fe, NM 33.7% 12.4% $107,209.58 14.1 40.8% $40,755.00 $1,007.00 4.2% 58.133
2 Boulder, CO 30.2% 14.1% $91,050.06 14.1 57.3% $47,427.00 $1,316.00 3.0% 58.082
3 Monroe, MI 28.9% 11.3% $601,565.32 6.9 18.6% $38,515.00 $932.00 4.4% 55.074
4 Racine, WI 26.2% 14.7% $586,240.95 6.8 24.9% $39,214.00 $971.00 6.3% 54.877
5 Ocean City, NJ 27.0% 25.4% $145,486.07 11.7 27.6% $42,439.00 $1,256.00 12.7% 54.646
6 Napa, CA 31.1% 18.2% $148,143.36 9.3 32.4% $46,458.00 $1,547.00 5.1% 52.764
7 Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 33.2% 11.1% $153,319.07 9.2 46.7% $56,494.00 $1,760.00 4.5% 52.574
8 Barnstable Town, MA 28.3% 14.6% $101,327.66 14.9 39.5% $45,540.00 $1,290.00 5.8% 52.477
9 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 31.5% 11.7% $161,373.60 10.3 44.2% $55,342.00 $1,701.00 4.4% 52.060
10 Lancaster, PA 25.4% 10.1% $597,554.43 9.0 23.8% $35,701.00 $1,001.00 3.6% 52.017
11 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 33.8% 11.4% $106,632.78 8.3 45.3% $43,607.00 $979.00 4.3% 51.712
12 Ann Arbor, MI 33.2% 9.9% $98,717.07 9.4 51.4% $45,891.00 $1,154.00 3.2% 51.520
13 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 29.7% 13.5% $170,067.71 10.3 38.5% $44,357.00 $1,236.00 3.9% 50.542
14 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 34.2% 9.9% $138,675.55 11.0 37.8% $46,050.00 $1,617.00 8.3% 50.435
15 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 29.7% 13.1% $212,349.76 8.5 43.8% $57,590.00 $1,861.00 4.6% 50.328
16 Missoula, MT 24.5% 18.7% $121,849.02 12.8 41.1% $32,251.00 $860.00 4.0% 49.954
17 Wilmington, NC 27.7% 12.6% $134,212.97 15.1 34.0% $35,647.00 $993.00 5.4% 49.650
18 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 31.9% 11.0% $167,329.88 10.2 34.7% $41,094.00 $1,153.00 6.4% 49.303
19 Fort Collins, CO 29.7% 12.4% $100,198.14 11.3 43.3% $40,047.00 $1,156.00 3.1% 49.041
20 Bend-Redmond, OR 26.1% 18.7% $102,374.53 13.3 29.3% $36,658.00 $1,084.00 7.5% 48.376
21 Charlottesville, VA 28.7% 15.4% $112,870.84 9.1 41.6% $41,839.00 $1,107.00 3.7% 48.345
22 Anchorage, AK 29.2% 15.5% $181,405.89 8.9 32.0% $44,590.00 $1,394.00 5.2% 48.311
23 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 29.1% 14.6% $169,103.33 8.7 37.3% $46,748.00 $1,407.00 4.8% 48.072
24 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 30.2% 11.2% $152,151.26 9.4 42.9% $50,969.00 $1,517.00 4.3% 48.020
25 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 32.3% 11.4% $132,946.06 8.7 35.6% $48,452.00 $1,340.00 5.5% 47.942
26 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 31.0% 12.0% $162,674.86 9.2 34.5% $43,600.00 $1,255.00 5.6% 47.775
27 Colorado Springs, CO 31.5% 13.8% $107,452.28 9.3 33.7% $37,524.00 $1,136.00 5.1% 47.701
28 Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 28.1% 12.0% $289,352.53 11.0 17.5% $30,457.00 $592.00 4.8% 47.676
29 Wausau, WI 26.6% 15.7% $311,996.48 7.9 23.2% $35,016.00 $824.00 4.5% 47.609
30 Lawrence, KS 31.2% 10.7% $74,339.27 9.1 50.8% $37,875.00 $991.00 3.5% 47.591
31 Gainesville, FL 31.5% 12.4% $133,396.61 8.1 37.6% $36,457.00 $916.00 4.3% 47.591
32 Santa Rosa, CA 30.4% 12.9% $115,113.05 10.8 33.1% $46,999.00 $1,478.00 4.7% 47.543
33 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 28.6% 11.0% $153,161.20 11.8 43.2% $52,930.00 $1,829.00 5.3% 47.480
34 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 30.6% 12.9% $161,729.78 8.8 34.0% $41,635.00 $1,198.00 5.8% 47.372
35 Bakersfield, CA 31.3% 8.8% $470,415.91 6.3 15.3% $33,976.00 $1,005.00 9.9% 47.208
36 Tallahassee, FL 29.6% 15.0% $123,884.19 8.2 37.1% $37,518.00 $961.00 4.8% 47.153
37 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 29.6% 11.8% $156,551.06 10.4 36.3% $48,487.00 $1,489.00 5.6% 47.104
38 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 31.6% 14.7% $180,130.72 6.8 29.0% $37,230.00 $1,252.00 5.0% 47.070
39 Raleigh, NC 28.6% 12.7% $153,871.83 8.7 41.8% $42,350.00 $1,102.00 4.2% 46.590
40 Trenton, NJ 29.8% 12.2% $162,582.88 8.2 37.9% $51,079.00 $1,487.00 4.5% 46.384
41 Salinas, CA 32.5% 12.2% $240,150.79 7.5 24.0% $39,634.00 $1,374.00 10.7% 46.321
42 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 29.8% 11.4% $194,708.52 10.6 30.7% $41,912.00 $1,479.00 6.7% 46.264
43 Billings, MT 25.0% 18.4% $142,487.10 10.8 28.8% $32,014.00 $834.00 3.0% 46.258
44 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 30.4% 12.6% $149,471.90 7.8 33.7% $44,033.00 $1,051.00 4.6% 46.205
45 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 28.7% 12.0% $155,949.82 9.3 38.4% $45,239.00 $1,228.00 3.3% 46.195
46 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 29.4% 13.5% $182,115.95 9.6 27.5% $34,281.00 $1,116.00 5.0% 45.968
47 Savannah, GA 31.8% 12.6% $126,484.61 8.8 29.7% $34,227.00 $1,017.00 6.2% 45.904
48 Spartanburg, SC 25.6% 10.8% $489,206.05 6.8 20.2% $33,615.00 $724.00 5.5% 45.813
49 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 29.0% 11.2% $114,707.00 14.1 28.0% $35,303.00 $1,230.00 5.6% 45.809
50 Lincoln, NE 27.6% 12.9% $199,560.19 8.4 36.2% $35,833.00 $869.00 2.5% 45.760
51 Pittsfield, MA 26.8% 16.0% $143,752.96 9.7 30.5% $38,905.00 $910.00 5.4% 45.581
52 Urban Honolulu, HI 32.0% 12.6% $146,024.02 7.7 32.9% $40,102.00 $1,641.00 3.4% 45.559
53 Portland-South Portland, ME 28.1% 12.1% $92,241.01 12.1 36.6% $39,805.00 $1,125.00 3.7% 45.552
54 St. Louis, MO-IL 28.5% 14.4% $185,511.52 8.0 30.2% $39,011.00 $952.00 5.6% 45.472
55 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 26.8% 16.0% $120,446.21 11.7 27.8% $33,391.00 $1,119.00 4.7% 45.064
56 Austin-Round Rock, TX 28.4% 12.1% $144,269.07 8.9 40.2% $41,409.00 $1,180.00 3.4% 45.030
57 Burlington-South Burlington, VT 27.4% 12.0% $104,343.60 11.0 42.6% $41,783.00 $1,242.00 3.3% 44.975
58 Kingston, NY 32.0% 8.7% $77,300.05 11.4 31.9% $42,500.00 $1,209.00 5.4% 44.893
59 Jacksonville, FL 29.0% 14.9% $158,768.74 8.2 27.4% $36,985.00 $1,068.00 5.1% 44.860
60 Albuquerque, NM 31.6% 11.4% $156,220.36 7.4 29.5% $37,340.00 $921.00 5.6% 44.859
61 Eugene, OR 30.6% 13.1% $111,469.99 9.2 27.7% $34,971.00 $937.00 6.2% 44.757
62 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 28.9% 14.0% $166,698.24 7.2 32.0% $40,918.00 $1,007.00 5.2% 44.595
63 Houma-Thibodaux, LA 21.1% 13.3% $526,924.43 8.5 15.6% $30,245.00 $669.00 4.2% 44.492
64 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 29.9% 11.8% $150,510.25 9.3 33.7% $43,146.00 $1,539.00 5.2% 44.437
65 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 31.5% 10.9% $132,435.62 8.6 27.3% $41,548.00 $984.00 6.7% 44.257
66 Grand Junction, CO 26.7% 14.2% $160,015.38 10.9 25.9% $35,983.00 $983.00 4.7% 44.163
67 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 27.1% 14.9% $130,516.96 10.7 26.8% $35,972.00 $963.00 5.0% 44.146
68 Huntsville, AL 28.6% 12.3% $177,789.83 7.6 33.0% $38,374.00 $836.00 4.7% 44.038
69 Monroe, LA 30.2% 10.0% $225,679.31 8.9 22.7% $30,800.00 $657.00 6.7% 44.036
70 Flagstaff, AZ 31.1% 12.0% $111,043.16 8.5 32.0% $35,753.00 $970.00 7.3% 43.919
71 Kansas City, MO-KS 28.4% 12.1% $171,235.12 8.5 32.8% $39,861.00 $997.00 5.0% 43.904
72 Topeka, KS 31.3% 12.2% $123,230.42 7.3 27.4% $35,497.00 $795.00 4.4% 43.822
73 Lexington-Fayette, KY 27.1% 13.9% $151,565.85 8.5 34.1% $37,734.00 $874.00 4.0% 43.780
74 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30.4% 14.5% $102,866.57 8.4 23.7% $34,871.00 $940.00 5.7% 43.778
75 Hattiesburg, MS 23.7% 12.9% $382,842.96 8.1 28.2% $31,154.00 $753.00 6.0% 43.775
76 Glens Falls, NY 29.1% 13.6% $132,223.32 9.7 23.9% $34,709.00 $929.00 6.0% 43.757
77 Manchester-Nashua, NH 26.2% 14.1% $167,662.19 9.4 34.3% $43,530.00 $1,381.00 3.6% 43.682
78 Bloomington, IL 29.8% 11.7% $133,882.23 6.8 39.1% $40,635.00 $917.00 5.3% 43.680
79 Springfield, IL 28.2% 13.0% $141,670.35 8.7 30.5% $40,232.00 $842.00 5.6% 43.643
80 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 30.8% 11.8% $103,884.93 8.2 29.5% $36,887.00 $835.00 4.5% 43.569
81 Pittsburgh, PA 26.7% 14.9% $180,716.75 7.7 28.7% $38,188.00 $789.00 4.4% 43.477
82 Tucson, AZ 30.1% 13.1% $133,676.19 7.7 28.7% $35,191.00 $896.00 5.9% 43.327
83 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 28.9% 12.6% $151,344.76 9.4 25.5% $36,977.00 $982.00 5.5% 43.288
84 Columbia, MO 25.4% 14.6% $76,966.89 9.4 46.6% $37,318.00 $880.00 3.3% 43.283
85 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 27.4% 12.2% $225,179.12 8.9 27.1% $35,543.00 $952.00 6.1% 43.229
86 Reno, NV 27.1% 13.3% $195,801.31 9.4 26.9% $38,255.00 $1,097.00 6.2% 43.150
87 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 30.3% 13.6% $105,179.57 8.1 29.0% $41,141.00 $1,260.00 6.2% 43.096
88 Richmond, VA 28.8% 13.5% $122,511.08 7.9 32.9% $41,722.00 $1,133.00 4.7% 43.096
89 Olympia-Tumwater, WA 29.8% 13.9% $88,848.32 7.9 31.7% $44,099.00 $1,224.00 6.5% 42.979
90 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 28.6% 13.3% $168,926.10 7.8 25.7% $33,477.00 $741.00 4.7% 42.971
91 Columbus, OH 30.8% 8.9% $151,510.39 7.9 32.4% $40,748.00 $985.00 3.7% 42.941
92 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 27.7% 12.8% $109,853.23 11.0 31.9% $40,388.00 $1,355.00 5.0% 42.872
93 Albany, GA 32.5% 13.7% $111,953.89 7.2 16.7% $30,689.00 $749.00 7.3% 42.766
94 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 29.2% 9.6% $197,179.29 8.6 28.7% $39,591.00 $1,062.00 4.1% 42.704
95 Medford, OR 29.0% 12.8% $110,040.21 10.7 25.0% $33,558.00 $951.00 7.4% 42.672
96 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 26.3% 13.4% $187,810.97 8.0 33.1% $37,950.00 $978.00 3.2% 42.609
97 Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 30.7% 10.0% $145,301.04 8.3 29.8% $45,417.00 $1,304.00 6.2% 42.594
98 Macon, GA 33.8% 8.8% $95,453.47 9.1 21.1% $32,343.00 $807.00 6.8% 42.564
99 Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 29.7% 14.3% $135,047.73 5.7 31.7% $33,119.00 $829.00 5.0% 42.551
100 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 28.7% 11.3% $178,273.59 9.7 30.4% $45,876.00 $1,780.00 5.9% 42.523
101 Cedar Rapids, IA 27.9% 13.3% $136,143.55 8.3 28.7% $38,176.00 $871.00 4.2% 42.398
102 Saginaw, MI 31.0% 13.1% $117,872.02 7.4 19.3% $34,353.00 $756.00 5.2% 42.306
103 Fayetteville, NC 33.0% 12.1% $134,416.97 5.8 22.5% $32,030.00 $919.00 6.1% 42.284
104 Fargo, ND-MN 26.7% 12.7% $124,932.49 8.9 37.3% $35,264.00 $832.00 2.9% 42.284
105 Rochester, NY 30.5% 11.5% $111,669.48 7.2 31.9% $39,300.00 $934.00 5.4% 42.238
106 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 28.8% 10.0% $165,475.83 9.0 30.8% $40,665.00 $1,089.00 4.0% 42.235
107 Springfield, MA 30.3% 11.0% $94,295.57 8.7 29.8% $42,073.00 $1,008.00 5.9% 42.187
108 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 31.1% 11.8% $128,932.15 8.1 23.2% $32,398.00 $932.00 5.2% 42.185
109 Valdosta, GA 29.7% 15.1% $128,734.32 7.5 21.0% $29,480.00 $781.00 6.7% 42.179
110 Madison, WI 26.2% 12.3% $159,892.80 7.9 41.6% $41,966.00 $1,119.00 3.4% 42.023
111 Oklahoma City, OK 27.0% 12.0% $169,193.00 9.5 27.7% $34,082.00 $851.00 3.6% 41.957
112 Roanoke, VA 27.3% 14.3% $154,196.07 7.8 26.3% $36,530.00 $839.00 4.6% 41.911
113 Greensboro-High Point, NC 28.5% 12.2% $147,080.27 8.6 27.0% $33,791.00 $817.00 5.3% 41.860
114 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 28.0% 13.0% $125,692.12 8.8 32.1% $35,319.00 $1,058.00 5.4% 41.696
115 Asheville, NC 27.2% 10.8% $112,049.20 11.1 30.7% $33,741.00 $790.00 4.0% 41.607
116 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 27.1% 11.2% $167,961.65 8.2 35.2% $49,620.00 $1,297.00 5.8% 41.510
117 Peoria, IL 28.7% 13.5% $149,440.42 7.1 25.2% $36,593.00 $802.00 6.5% 41.458
118 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 31.0% 9.3% $86,685.88 7.9 31.8% $41,299.00 $911.00 4.1% 41.343
119 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 29.4% 9.8% $157,346.15 8.3 27.3% $37,465.00 $872.00 4.6% 41.241
120 Greenville, NC 30.3% 10.9% $113,918.37 7.7 28.1% $34,684.00 $816.00 5.2% 41.035
121 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 27.8% 10.9% $181,368.57 7.9 28.9% $39,761.00 $972.00 4.1% 41.012
122 Baton Rouge, LA 28.5% 10.5% $160,480.58 8.8 27.7% $34,989.00 $837.00 5.7% 41.012
123 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 27.1% 13.0% $148,142.94 8.5 27.6% $39,695.00 $901.00 6.0% 41.012
124 New Haven-Milford, CT 28.2% 10.7% $143,573.78 8.6 32.7% $46,965.00 $1,337.00 5.8% 40.972
125 Green Bay, WI 24.3% 17.4% $192,605.78 7.2 25.1% $35,546.00 $883.00 4.6% 40.963
126 Tulsa, OK 25.3% 13.3% $193,512.56 9.3 25.1% $33,780.00 $822.00 4.0% 40.956
127 Norwich-New London, CT 28.2% 12.7% $127,395.05 7.9 31.3% $43,963.00 $1,284.00 6.1% 40.945
128 Kennewick-Richland, WA 29.4% 15.7% $130,884.46 5.8 22.6% $36,378.00 $924.00 8.8% 40.842
129 Iowa City, IA 24.4% 13.0% $124,589.29 7.6 48.2% $41,379.00 $935.00 2.7% 40.798
130 Prescott, AZ 25.4% 15.9% $86,654.76 11.1 22.9% $33,756.00 $833.00 6.3% 40.781
131 Port St. Lucie, FL 30.1% 10.8% $96,018.37 10.0 21.9% $35,043.00 $994.00 5.9% 40.724
132 Auburn-Opelika, AL 28.2% 11.8% $135,386.96 7.1 32.3% $36,369.00 $817.00 4.1% 40.697
133 Athens-Clarke County, GA 25.3% 12.8% $159,820.45 9.3 33.7% $33,606.00 $864.00 4.9% 40.560
134 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 29.3% 10.9% $209,923.22 7.7 21.9% $36,850.00 $1,155.00 6.9% 40.516
135 Brunswick, GA 24.5% 17.0% $170,553.21 9.1 21.6% $31,330.00 $786.00 7.4% 40.506
136 Florence, SC 28.7% 9.9% $259,018.04 7.2 19.8% $31,112.00 $663.00 7.1% 40.383
137 Worcester, MA-CT 28.2% 11.3% $159,541.81 7.0 32.4% $44,738.00 $1,208.00 5.2% 40.366
138 Salt Lake City, UT 26.0% 12.6% $155,088.93 9.6 29.2% $35,776.00 $1,128.00 3.0% 40.356
139 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 27.8% 14.3% $196,149.31 7.6 23.8% $39,132.00 $1,308.00 11.3% 40.346
140 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 23.9% 17.3% $218,862.01 7.0 22.2% $33,723.00 $772.00 5.6% 40.338
141 Reading, PA 27.3% 10.9% $248,827.62 7.4 22.6% $37,179.00 $997.00 4.4% 40.229
142 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 28.3% 10.8% $143,590.98 9.3 30.8% $40,735.00 $1,485.00 5.7% 40.211
143 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 25.4% 9.8% $236,314.24 9.4 30.4% $37,849.00 $969.00 5.0% 40.157
144 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 27.3% 12.3% $178,026.98 7.7 27.6% $39,315.00 $1,079.00 5.6% 40.142
145 Burlington, NC 27.1% 14.9% $154,684.26 7.3 21.5% $33,446.00 $799.00 5.1% 40.093
146 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 32.7% 9.2% $104,477.83 7.2 23.0% $33,423.00 $810.00 6.5% 40.083
147 Lafayette, LA 24.8% 15.1% $275,839.91 6.0 20.2% $31,102.00 $677.00 4.6% 39.999
148 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 26.9% 11.8% $166,776.81 8.5 26.0% $36,638.00 $853.00 4.8% 39.978
149 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 27.5% 11.7% $156,463.83 7.6 29.7% $38,306.00 $931.00 5.3% 39.968
150 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 27.2% 12.3% $136,352.16 8.6 28.7% $42,663.00 $1,144.00 6.2% 39.899
151 Montgomery, AL 30.7% 8.2% $121,437.57 8.7 27.1% $34,212.00 $860.00 5.5% 39.811
152 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 25.3% 16.7% $140,674.30 8.9 22.7% $35,964.00 $1,118.00 7.6% 39.796
153 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 29.8% 9.8% $153,333.26 6.4 28.7% $36,981.00 $901.00 3.6% 39.755
154 Pueblo, CO 29.1% 14.5% $115,376.76 6.4 22.0% $32,827.00 $816.00 5.7% 39.680
155 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 25.7% 11.9% $190,112.65 8.7 27.3% $35,729.00 $820.00 5.0% 39.589
156 Jackson, MS 28.5% 10.4% $124,972.60 8.6 29.8% $33,523.00 $813.00 5.5% 39.574
157 Fort Wayne, IN 26.8% 12.3% $186,728.67 7.7 23.9% $34,728.00 $755.00 5.2% 39.566
158 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 29.2% 10.5% $144,092.90 6.8 30.3% $37,624.00 $972.00 5.3% 39.513
159 Syracuse, NY 28.7% 11.3% $115,597.73 7.5 29.0% $39,081.00 $885.00 5.7% 39.510
160 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 26.6% 14.7% $128,945.54 6.5 28.8% $39,382.00 $821.00 5.7% 39.508
161 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 28.6% 10.9% $127,201.41 8.9 22.4% $32,704.00 $748.00 5.2% 39.326
162 Evansville, IN-KY 26.4% 11.5% $220,152.81 8.2 22.3% $32,142.00 $776.00 5.0% 39.297
163 Wichita, KS 27.2% 11.2% $169,674.02 7.8 28.0% $34,843.00 $819.00 4.8% 39.295
164 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 28.2% 11.1% $148,722.75 7.9 25.6% $35,023.00 $918.00 3.8% 39.187
165 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 27.9% 12.5% $180,275.56 8.0 33.0% $45,229.00 $1,215.00 5.0% 39.179
166 Akron, OH 24.9% 13.8% $156,070.38 8.4 28.1% $36,875.00 $884.00 4.5% 39.092
167 State College, PA 25.4% 14.7% $85,694.06 7.2 39.3% $36,757.00 $939.00 3.4% 39.038
168 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 26.5% 12.5% $117,267.03 10.2 23.3% $34,214.00 $966.00 5.0% 38.983
169 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 31.0% 9.6% $143,148.56 6.6 25.5% $47,306.00 $1,517.00 6.1% 38.946
170 York-Hanover, PA 29.1% 11.4% $124,331.80 7.7 22.3% $38,252.00 $1,037.00 4.3% 38.877
171 Dayton, OH 30.0% 9.1% $132,886.31 7.6 24.4% $36,802.00 $863.00 4.5% 38.847
172 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 28.3% 10.7% $162,346.80 7.3 25.2% $35,619.00 $786.00 6.0% 38.816
173 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 26.9% 10.1% $115,171.40 8.7 34.3% $40,933.00 $984.00 3.9% 38.803
174 Bloomington, IN 23.5% 14.6% $111,692.20 9.1 37.4% $35,006.00 $830.00 5.5% 38.742
175 Chico, CA 31.0% 9.4% $105,336.01 7.8 24.0% $37,091.00 $953.00 7.5% 38.739
176 Midland, TX 24.0% 12.2% $178,785.44 11.0 22.2% $32,712.00 $917.00 2.1% 38.722
177 Charleston, WV 27.4% 10.8% $142,853.72 8.9 21.9% $33,982.00 $618.00 5.2% 38.705
178 Columbus, GA-AL 33.7% 8.4% $76,398.82 7.3 21.3% $31,543.00 $858.00 7.2% 38.690
179 Bangor, ME 24.0% 16.3% $103,110.62 9.2 24.9% $34,060.00 $789.00 4.6% 38.593
180 Rapid City, SD 23.5% 16.9% $124,109.44 8.7 26.6% $31,583.00 $884.00 3.5% 38.559
181 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 26.1% 9.8% $280,694.30 7.2 24.5% $35,163.00 $1,064.00 3.3% 38.513
182 Hot Springs, AR 22.8% 14.5% $188,416.63 10.7 18.8% $30,985.00 $693.00 6.0% 38.452
183 Toledo, OH 25.3% 14.1% $151,342.28 7.9 24.3% $36,231.00 $807.00 5.1% 38.444
184 Salem, OR 27.6% 13.8% $136,118.16 7.4 21.8% $34,440.00 $953.00 6.4% 38.374
185 Wheeling, WV-OH 26.2% 15.5% $131,923.27 7.3 19.1% $29,963.00 $531.00 5.2% 38.352
186 Mobile, AL 29.5% 9.6% $139,299.16 8.4 21.8% $31,244.00 $816.00 6.2% 38.350
187 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 26.1% 13.0% $173,503.86 8.1 19.1% $32,688.00 $682.00 5.1% 38.269
188 Champaign-Urbana, IL 28.4% 8.8% $121,709.95 7.0 38.7% $37,557.00 $873.00 5.5% 38.267
189 Janesville-Beloit, WI 27.9% 13.1% $145,758.80 7.0 19.9% $35,672.00 $894.00 5.7% 38.106
190 Corpus Christi, TX 25.7% 14.8% $136,326.50 8.6 19.2% $30,639.00 $848.00 4.3% 38.045
191 Jackson, MI 29.2% 11.0% $121,878.49 7.4 20.6% $35,624.00 $819.00 5.3% 38.028
192 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 27.9% 12.3% $131,220.26 7.6 24.4% $33,207.00 $1,027.00 4.2% 38.015
193 Panama City, FL 29.0% 12.2% $90,672.90 8.3 21.3% $31,276.00 $917.00 5.8% 37.908
194 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 28.7% 11.6% $94,871.05 7.6 25.9% $39,661.00 $1,108.00 4.8% 37.887
195 Bellingham, WA 24.3% 13.6% $117,138.27 9.7 31.0% $37,453.00 $1,035.00 6.4% 37.801
196 Columbia, SC 26.3% 12.9% $119,311.69 7.5 30.4% $35,937.00 $894.00 5.7% 37.733
197 Duluth, MN-WI 25.4% 13.5% $116,444.03 8.3 25.6% $35,348.00 $763.00 4.4% 37.674
198 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 28.3% 9.9% $113,165.10 7.6 29.7% $34,599.00 $848.00 3.8% 37.598
199 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 25.4% 13.0% $66,459.14 11.1 25.6% $33,904.00 $875.00 6.0% 37.562
200 Clarksville, TN-KY 27.7% 13.0% $173,065.52 6.1 21.3% $31,955.00 $864.00 6.5% 37.476
201 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 27.9% 12.1% $100,787.06 7.7 24.3% $33,862.00 $775.00 6.1% 37.418
202 Rockford, IL 28.8% 10.7% $133,720.74 7.8 20.6% $35,202.00 $921.00 7.8% 37.025
203 Lynchburg, VA 25.5% 14.5% $137,082.36 7.2 23.2% $32,866.00 $769.00 5.1% 37.011
204 Erie, PA 23.5% 16.8% $136,847.94 7.0 24.9% $33,159.00 $742.00 4.6% 36.981
205 Binghamton, NY 29.4% 9.5% $110,458.96 7.0 25.0% $35,595.00 $763.00 6.1% 36.916
206 Ocala, FL 27.6% 12.8% $98,890.87 8.8 16.2% $31,323.00 $748.00 6.4% 36.808
207 Longview, TX 25.5% 12.5% $142,131.88 9.1 17.2% $31,598.00 $699.00 3.5% 36.775
208 Waco, TX 28.4% 10.8% $158,792.57 6.6 20.2% $30,763.00 $773.00 3.9% 36.771
209 Joplin, MO 25.5% 14.9% $100,809.37 8.3 19.5% $30,219.00 $695.00 4.2% 36.756
210 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 30.6% 8.2% $168,045.11 7.3 19.7% $38,798.00 $1,329.00 7.2% 36.699
211 Bismarck, ND 24.2% 12.1% $102,475.72 9.0 32.2% $35,980.00 $779.00 3.0% 36.615
212 Winchester, VA-WV 22.0% 14.4% $213,394.64 8.5 23.8% $37,099.00 $999.00 4.2% 36.590
213 Sherman-Denison, TX 28.1% 7.7% $127,302.01 10.2 19.4% $32,398.00 $772.00 4.0% 36.537
214 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 28.3% 11.2% $138,307.48 6.9 17.2% $33,246.00 $693.00 6.4% 36.141
215 Wichita Falls, TX 25.2% 12.4% $152,344.74 8.2 20.7% $31,971.00 $748.00 3.9% 36.049
216 Victoria, TX 24.1% 12.2% $124,398.24 10.9 17.1% $32,122.00 $740.00 3.1% 36.028
217 Boise City, ID 24.7% 12.0% $104,230.47 9.6 27.6% $34,276.00 $951.00 3.3% 35.971
218 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 30.1% 7.4% $109,799.10 7.8 26.1% $36,220.00 $948.00 7.6% 35.961
219 Fresno, CA 29.3% 10.9% $156,249.46 6.3 20.2% $36,305.00 $1,006.00 11.0% 35.938
220 Yuba City, CA 33.6% 7.3% $112,840.69 6.4 17.2% $37,639.00 $1,042.00 12.2% 35.829
221 Greeley, CO 25.4% 11.9% $97,553.39 8.9 27.2% $37,285.00 $1,105.00 3.9% 35.518
222 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 26.1% 11.5% $165,041.02 7.3 22.1% $32,003.00 $734.00 6.5% 35.431
223 Laredo, TX 25.8% 13.1% $151,371.98 8.3 17.3% $25,264.00 $834.00 4.4% 35.387
224 Coeur d’Alene, ID 24.1% 11.3% $142,110.81 10.8 22.1% $31,398.00 $959.00 4.4% 35.363
225 St. George, UT 21.3% 15.8% $135,794.81 10.1 22.3% $31,306.00 $969.00 3.7% 35.145
226 Canton-Massillon, OH 26.8% 11.8% $103,829.76 7.9 19.6% $33,351.00 $760.00 4.7% 35.106
227 Modesto, CA 30.0% 10.9% $141,716.67 6.0 16.7% $37,594.00 $1,137.00 10.5% 35.078
228 Sioux Falls, SD 22.4% 11.8% $137,523.68 9.7 31.4% $33,645.00 $883.00 3.1% 35.074
229 Winston-Salem, NC 25.6% 12.5% $147,491.38 6.1 25.3% $35,257.00 $779.00 4.8% 35.054
230 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 25.1% 13.5% $114,221.01 7.2 26.7% $36,351.00 $885.00 7.6% 34.959
231 Amarillo, TX 27.2% 8.5% $98,138.98 8.9 24.1% $33,457.00 $786.00 2.9% 34.944
232 Lubbock, TX 23.3% 13.6% $128,237.28 8.2 26.8% $32,260.00 $814.00 3.0% 34.928
233 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 26.8% 12.1% $102,976.28 6.6 24.7% $33,941.00 $772.00 5.2% 34.882
234 Alexandria, LA 27.2% 13.0% $107,665.87 7.0 18.2% $28,871.00 $665.00 6.7% 34.837
235 Springfield, MO 24.5% 11.1% $114,301.79 9.5 25.9% $31,530.00 $741.00 4.3% 34.832
236 Lake Charles, LA 28.5% 8.6% $126,884.46 7.3 21.1% $31,812.00 $669.00 5.3% 34.754
237 Elkhart-Goshen, IN 22.6% 9.0% $340,014.56 8.1 17.7% $31,185.00 $792.00 5.1% 34.687
238 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 23.3% 11.7% $182,355.04 8.2 25.9% $32,207.00 $798.00 4.1% 34.685
239 Appleton, WI 23.8% 13.3% $150,603.35 6.8 27.2% $37,294.00 $952.00 4.3% 34.683
240 Gainesville, GA 24.9% 10.5% $149,658.25 9.5 23.1% $32,341.00 $977.00 5.2% 34.603
241 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 30.6% 7.4% $104,857.71 8.3 16.3% $25,896.00 $621.00 7.8% 34.491
242 Dover, DE 26.3% 12.8% $112,858.11 6.8 21.6% $37,630.00 $1,070.00 4.6% 34.446
243 Terre Haute, IN 24.0% 16.0% $138,559.01 6.6 19.1% $31,403.00 $696.00 7.5% 34.425
244 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 23.8% 12.1% $136,981.12 7.6 27.5% $39,573.00 $954.00 3.8% 34.409
245 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 25.9% 15.5% $119,111.41 7.2 11.4% $29,910.00 $738.00 7.9% 34.394
246 Rochester, MN 25.5% 10.1% $96,286.51 6.8 35.2% $42,288.00 $993.00 3.1% 34.286
247 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 23.6% 15.7% $142,088.62 7.3 22.6% $30,802.00 $862.00 8.1% 34.252
248 Tyler, TX 22.2% 13.0% $126,069.58 10.0 23.7% $33,553.00 $839.00 4.1% 34.212
249 Knoxville, TN 25.1% 10.8% $155,428.06 7.3 25.2% $33,880.00 $772.00 5.4% 34.143
250 Dothan, AL 25.2% 11.8% $119,290.93 8.8 17.3% $29,783.00 $639.00 5.4% 33.983
251 Las Cruces, NM 29.0% 8.7% $72,619.61 7.3 27.0% $27,979.00 $712.00 6.1% 33.980
252 Jefferson City, MO 25.2% 12.0% $86,360.54 7.4 26.2% $35,059.00 $690.00 4.4% 33.973
253 Eau Claire, WI 21.5% 9.7% $284,324.85 7.9 27.5% $32,887.00 $821.00 4.5% 33.942
254 El Paso, TX 27.1% 10.3% $128,321.66 7.7 20.2% $28,165.00 $761.00 5.7% 33.921
255 Stockton-Lodi, CA 31.0% 9.0% $114,586.73 5.9 18.6% $40,027.00 $1,234.00 10.4% 33.807
256 Rocky Mount, NC 30.1% 10.1% $72,328.38 6.6 16.9% $31,543.00 $772.00 7.7% 33.734
257 Logan, UT-ID 21.7% 11.7% $149,827.85 9.0 31.5% $30,478.00 $840.00 2.3% 33.417
258 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 26.0% 10.0% $95,528.56 8.8 20.0% $31,053.00 $626.00 6.3% 32.956
259 Odessa, TX 26.3% 9.6% $128,895.28 8.3 13.8% $30,536.00 $703.00 2.6% 32.867
260 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 25.4% 11.6% $144,879.21 7.4 18.3% $32,094.00 $840.00 6.1% 32.856
261 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 27.0% 10.0% $96,454.24 7.8 20.4% $36,434.00 $990.00 5.9% 32.832
262 Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 25.6% 10.0% $146,893.05 7.6 18.3% $30,716.00 $597.00 6.0% 32.701
263 St. Cloud, MN 21.9% 12.8% $129,091.43 8.8 25.1% $35,439.00 $901.00 3.9% 32.582
264 Yuma, AZ 29.8% 13.0% $141,041.89 5.1 14.5% $30,131.00 $796.00 22.1% 32.511
265 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 24.7% 11.6% $114,021.67 8.5 17.1% $31,201.00 $664.00 5.5% 32.370
266 Tuscaloosa, AL 23.6% 10.5% $167,940.55 7.0 26.5% $32,648.00 $785.00 4.8% 32.032
267 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 23.4% 11.0% $169,059.41 6.4 26.4% $34,990.00 $833.00 4.3% 31.855
268 Chattanooga, TN-GA 25.0% 8.8% $123,095.78 8.7 22.5% $34,015.00 $779.00 6.1% 31.682
269 Idaho Falls, ID 22.2% 11.8% $93,668.72 10.3 21.7% $30,719.00 $832.00 3.1% 31.642
270 Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 25.8% 11.1% $163,750.77 5.4 20.7% $31,710.00 $843.00 6.9% 31.494
271 Provo-Orem, UT 24.1% 9.4% $106,035.51 8.6 31.0% $32,848.00 $1,152.00 2.8% 31.407
272 Utica-Rome, NY 26.5% 9.2% $104,466.74 6.5 22.4% $35,457.00 $761.00 6.1% 31.100
273 Muskegon, MI 27.3% 9.3% $91,659.06 6.6 17.5% $33,565.00 $740.00 5.0% 30.870
274 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 25.8% 11.5% $80,671.78 6.3 20.3% $31,147.00 $719.00 4.2% 30.790
275 Salisbury, MD-DE 22.6% 16.8% $156,255.21 2.8 23.6% $36,486.00 $990.00 7.5% 29.911
276 Lebanon, PA 23.4% 10.8% $111,071.46 7.5 19.1% $36,665.00 $852.00 3.5% 29.710
277 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 24.0% 10.4% $96,765.53 6.3 28.4% $33,779.00 $770.00 4.6% 29.674
278 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 28.5% 8.1% $68,715.35 7.3 14.7% $25,408.00 $621.00 7.2% 29.494
279 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 24.9% 10.8% $127,678.24 5.3 18.2% $31,888.00 $603.00 5.0% 29.278
280 Johnson City, TN 19.8% 13.1% $156,462.33 7.6 24.4% $31,148.00 $629.00 6.2% 29.234
281 Cleveland, TN 23.1% 10.4% $100,114.57 8.6 16.8% $31,700.00 $701.00 5.8% 28.363
282 Abilene, TX 21.2% 9.8% $120,536.74 9.1 22.1% $29,923.00 $714.00 3.2% 28.088
283 El Centro, CA 28.8% 10.6% $77,736.54 5.8 14.4% $33,144.00 $887.00 21.0% 27.526
284 Yakima, WA 27.6% 9.0% $99,572.03 5.3 15.9% $31,384.00 $838.00 10.8% 27.297
285 Merced, CA 30.2% 6.6% $100,753.21 4.9 13.1% $32,650.00 $960.00 12.8% 26.708
286 Dalton, GA 22.1% 9.3% $150,020.56 7.4 12.9% $27,396.00 $710.00 8.2% 24.328
287 Visalia-Porterville, CA 27.3% 6.8% $79,725.72 5.6 14.3% $31,763.00 $952.00 12.7% 22.943
288 Bowling Green, KY 22.0% 7.0% $82,409.63 6.6 24.1% $31,907.00 $710.00 4.2% 22.482
289 Morristown, TN 21.5% 5.5% $66,286.21 9.4 14.8% $30,653.00 $646.00 7.0% 20.314

Methodology

We analyzed 289 metro areas with 10,000 or more businesses. We excluded 92 places that had fewer than 10,000 businesses or lacked other data. We calculated the overall score for each place using the following measures:

1. Women’s business environment. Based on three metrics from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. (60% of overall score)

  • Percent of women-owned businesses. A higher percentage contributed to a higher overall score. (20% of the score)
  • Percent of women-owned businesses with paid employees. A higher percentage contributed to a higher overall score. (20% of the score)
  • Average revenue of women-owned businesses. A higher average resulted in a higher overall score. (20% of the score)

2. Business climate. Based on two metrics from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. (25% of overall score)

  • Businesses per 100 people. A higher number of businesses contributed to a higher overall score. (15% of the score)
  • Percent of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher. A higher percentage resulted in a higher overall score. (10% of the score)

3. Local economic health. (15% of overall score)

  • Median income of women. Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. A higher median contributed to a higher overall score. (5% of the score)
  • Median monthly housing costs. Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. A higher median resulted in a lower overall score. (5% of the score)
  • December 2014 unemployment rate. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A higher rate contributed to a lower overall score. (5% of the score)

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