Washingtonian Mommas Having it Awesome


Awesome Washington, D.C. ranks among the top five in Forbes’ newly released list of the Top 50 U.S. Cities for Working Mothers.

Buoyed by its low unemployment rate and high women’s income — which both topped the list — DC came in second overall, trailing only Minneapolis-St. Paul. Boston, Pittsburgh and Baltimore rounded out the top five, with Richmond ranking 12th and Virginia Beach-Norfolk 18th.

“For a woman looking for financial success in a bustling metro, the country’s capitol is top-notch, and also boasts an excellent school system,” the magazine wrote. “Its higher-than-average cost of living (ranking the 48th-highest of 50 cities) is offset by women’s high earnings potential.”

Can you guys highlight the blue States/cities vs. Red in the comment section? It will be interesting to find out which working Mammas are doing better?

Rank City Women’s Income Living Cost Pediatricians Unemployment Violent
1 Minneapolis-St. Paul 11 34 12 2 1
2 Washington, D.C. 1 48 23 1 22
3 Boston 4 45 4 14 32
4 Pittsburgh 20 10 20 20 11
5 Baltimore-Towson, Md. 2 39 7 9 43
6 Denver 13 27 15 12 9
7 Hartford, Conn. 3 40 42 24 4
8 New York Metro 14 41 1 21 25
9 Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. 12 43 9 19 13
10 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14 17 48 10 23
11 Atlanta 23 18 6 32 24
12 Richmond, Va. 17 32 46 10 8
13 Milwaukee 26 29 27 14 31
13 San Diego 5 46 16 34 17
15 Phoenix 19 24 10 21 20
16 San Jose-Sunnyvale, Calif. 5 49 18 42 5
17 Columbus, Ohio 32 14 26 21 14
18 Cleveland 32 26 14 27 18
18 Indianapolis 31 3 25 24 38
18 Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Va. 17 36 37 8 16
21 Chicago 24 38 2 38 25
22 Providence, R.I. 16 42 34 47 10
23 Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas 37 6 11 13 21
23 Portland, Ore. 25 33 35 36 3
23 San Francisco 5 50 17 34 30
26 Cincinnati 32 16 21 31 12
27 Austin, Texas 37 11 40 4 6
28 Los Angeles 5 47 3 44 36
29 St. Louis 37 4 13 28 29
30 Detroit 22 28 8 48 50
31 Salt Lake City 36 25 32 5 7
32 Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif. 5 35 27 49 19
33 Raleigh, N.C. 37 23 22 14 2
34 Houston 37 9 5 17 41
35 Sacramento, Calif. 5 37 32 46 28
36 Philadelphia 20 44 41 29 42
37 San Antonio 37 18 29 7 33
38 Louisville, Ky. 49 1 43 32 15
39 Kansas City, Mo. 37 21 38 17 25
40 Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. 27 13 24 45 39
41 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 27 31 19 42 44
42 New Orleans 47 22 30 5 37
43 Nashville, Tenn. 45 2 31 26 45
44 Jacksonville, Fla. 27 8 44 39 47
45 Oklahoma City 49 12 49 3 34
45 Orlando, Fla. 27 20 39 41 46
47 Birmingham, Ala. 48 7 47 30 35
48 Charlotte, N.C. 37 15 36 40 40
49 Memphis, Tenn. 45 5 45 36 49
50 Las Vegas 32 30 50 50 48

1Per 100,000
2Including pre-K through 12th grade
Sources: ACCRA; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Cities: Ranked & Rated, by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander, Second Edition, Frommer’s (2007);
U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Department of Justice; healthgrades.com.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

2 Responses to Washingtonian Mommas Having it Awesome

  1. Since VA is DIVIDED – i.e., blue and red. . . maybe it’s a case for bipartisan states? I know Kim – gives me hope since I will be going back to work after baby comes in the Fall!

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