Which U.S. Cities Have the Most Women Breadwinners?


Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise of championing women’s economic growth and independence.

Men typically outearn women, with women making roughly 82 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The reasons for this are highly debated, though evidence tends to point to lack of female representation in higher-paying jobs and a persistent gender wage gap. However, there are instances in which women make more than their significant others. A report by LendingTree lists the top cities where women tend to outearn their partners.

Looking at microdata for the 50 largest metros from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), the LendingTree researchers analyzed pay differences between men and women to see how it affected couples and where couples are more likely to make approximately the same income.

Some of the report’s key takeaways are that women are less likely to be breadwinners in a couple with women earning more than their partners one out of every three coupled households, for cities with the greatest share of female breadwinners. The city where women are more likely to be breadwinners in a coupled household is Hartford, Connecticut. In 31.1 percent of couples, women outearn their partners.

Top 10 Cities for Women Breadwinners

  • Hartford, CT
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Columbus, OH
  • Providence, RI
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Boston, MA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Richmond, VA

In all ten of these cities, about three in 10 couples have a woman that earns more money than her partner. Learn more about each of these top cities with the highest concentration of female breadwinners here.


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