Grand Rapids ranks 18th best city for women’s pay

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The study compared data for the 150 largest U.S. cities across four metrics for females 16 years or older who were employed in full-time positions. Photo by iStock

A new report ranks Grand Rapids among the top 25 U.S. cities where the gender pay gap is smaller.

Ahead of Equal Pay Day on March 31, SmartAsset published its second annual study, “Best Cities for Women’s Pay,” and the 2020 edition reports Grand Rapids is No. 18 out of 150 cities analyzed with an overall score of 73.85.

Methodology

The study compared data for the 150 largest U.S. cities across four metrics — median earnings for women, growth in women’s earnings between 2016 and 2018, women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s in 2018, and growth in women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s between 2016 and 2018 — for females 16 years or older who were employed in full-time positions.

All data was taken from the Census Bureau’s one-year American Community Surveys for 2016 and 2018.

First, SmartAsset ranked each city in every metric. Then each city’s average ranking was determined with each metric receiving equal weight, and this average ranking was used to determine the final score.

The city with the highest average ranking received a score of 100, and the city with the lowest average ranking received a score of 0.

The SmartAsset study is available online.

Top 25

1. Yonkers, New York: median earnings for women, $55,487; growth in women’s earnings, 20%; women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s, 101.4%; change in women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s, 20.9%; index score, 100

2. Chandler, Arizona: $54,811, 18.6%, 88.7%, 12.7%, 91.87

3. Spring Valley, Nevada: $41,022, 17.1%, 101%, 21.9%, 90.28

4. Tempe, Arizona: $46,181, 12.5%, 100.5%, 3.4%, 87.63

5. Minneapolis: $53,047, 12%, 95.1%, 0.2%, 83.04

6. Seattle: $67,144, 14.9%, 82.6%, 5.2%, 80.92

7. Oakland, California: $61,856, 17.4%, 94%, -2.9%, 80.57

8. Modesto, California: $45,322, 8.9%, 88.4%, 5.8%, 78.62

9. Boston: $57,466, 4.5%, 92.5%, 3.1%, 77.21

10. Washington, D.C.: $71,050, 9.2%, 87.4%, 1.4%, 76.86

11. Atlanta: $55,625, 17.6%, 80.9%, 4.5%, 76.50

12. North Las Vegas: $38,947, 10.1%, 92.4%, 5.3%, 75.62

13. Los Angeles: $43,929, 9.4%, 97%, -1.4%, 74.73

14. Fresno, California: $40,179, 9.4%, 94.9%, 3.5%, 74.56

15. Portland, Oregon (tie): $53,296, 11.8%, 88.8%, -1.9%, 74.20

15. Sacramento, California (tie): $49,894, 8.5%, 96.4%, -1.3%, 74.20

17. Austin, Texas: $51,475, 11.3%, 89.9%, -1.6%, 74.03

18. Grand Rapids: $39,541, 13.7%, 90.8%, 3%, 73.85

19. Huntsville, Alabama: $42,928, 19.7%, 79.8%, 17.3%, 73.14

20. Chicago (tie): $50,756, 7.7%, 92.6%, -0.1%, 72.97

20. San Diego (tie): $50,759, 11.3%, 82.7%, 3.7%, 72.97

20. Richmond, Virginia (tie): $42,179, 1.8%, 99.5%, 13.9%, 72.97

23. Bakersfield, California: $40,678, 9.5%, 85.5%, 7.8%, 71.38

24. Mesa, Arizona (tie): $38,624, 11.8%, 87%, 5.5%, 70.85

24. Madison, Wisconsin (tie): $46,813, 4.9%, 86.2%, 6.3%, 70.85

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