2015’s Best & Worst States for Women – WalletHub Study

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WalletHub Press Release:

Happy Women’s History Month! With the percentage of women in public- and private-sector leadership roles increasing this past year and women outpacing men in college enrollment, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst States for Women.

To find the most suitable environment for the American woman, WalletHub examined the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics. The data set ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s preventive health care.

Best States for Women Worst States for Women
1 Minnesota 42 Wyoming
2 Massachusetts 43 Idaho
3 Vermont 44 Nevada
4 Maryland 45 Georgia
5 New Hampshire 46 West Virginia
6 Maine 47 South Carolina
7 Connecticut 48 Oklahoma
8 Hawaii 49 Louisiana
9 Delaware 50 Mississippi
10 Wisconsin 51 Arkansas

Key Stats

  • The median earnings for female workers (adjusted for cost of living) are two times higher in the District of Columbia than in Hawaii.
  • The unemployment rate for women is four times higher in Nevada than in North Dakota.
  • The percentage of women living in poverty is three times higher in Mississippi than in New Hampshire.
  • The share of women-owned businesses is two times higher in the District of Columbia than in South Dakota.
  • The high school dropout rate for women eight times higher in Arizona than in New Hampshire.
  • The percentage of women who voted in the 2012 presidential election is two times higher in the District of Columbia than in West Virginia.
  • The female uninsured rate is seven times higher in Texas than in Massachusetts.

To read the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit:

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