If you think Washington is only busy with people creating scandals and gladiators (hello Olivia Pope!), well, you would be wrong. It is also full of awesome women working in tech. For the second year in a row, the nation’s capital nabbed the top spot in SmartAsset’s top cities for women in tech, followed by Kansas City, Detroit, Baltimore, and Indianapolis (Portland came in last place if you’re curious).
Unfortunately, these cities are outliers. The survey also found that across the U.S., the ratio of women in computer and mathematical occupations dropped from 27.1 percent in 2011 to 26.5 percent in 2014. But, there is a significant positive correlation (49 percent) between tech industry representation for women and pay equity in the 58 cities analyzed. You may also notice that Silicon Valley did not make the top 10. Pretty interesting, but not surprising considering Facebook published its diversity stats last summer and women held only 16% of technical positions. For Twitter, it was even less at 13%. See the full list in the graphic below.
So, why D.C.? When it comes to tech, the pay gap is almost non-existent (women earn 99.3 percent of what men earn). Plus, the average annual income is about $60,000 (even after housing costs), and 40 percent of the city’s tech jobs are filled by women.
Kansas City, MO
Good ‘ol Kansas City was also listed by WalletHub as one of the best cities for female entrepreneurs, so this is just a really good place to be if you are an enterprising, awesome woman.
Like in KC, women in tech out-earn their male counterparts here. The Motor City also reports three-year tech employment growth of 32 percent. They even have a name for this “startup neighborhood” — the Madison Block.