Two Missouri metro areas are among the best place in the U.S. for working women, according to a report released this month by the personal finance website Magnify Money.
Both Kansas City and St. Louis earned top-10 rankings out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country.
St. Louis ranked No. 9 on the list. The study points to the rate of women-owned businesses in St. Louis (35.2 percent), which was sixth among the 50 metros. A low unemployment rate for women (4.4 percent) and high rate of workplace insurance (68 percent) also contributed to its ranking.
Kansas City was 10th on the list due to its high rate of women-owned businesses (33.2 percent), low rate of unemployment among women (4.3 percent) and high rate of women in business leadership positions (40.8 percent).
Washington topped the ranking. Minneapolis, Sacramento, California, Denver and San Francisco rounded out the top five.
Detroit ranked last of the 50 metro areas on the list, just below No. 49 Memphis, Tennessee, No. 48 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and No. 47 Charlotte, N.C.
The study used various factors to determine how working women were faring in various cities, including the rates of women’s unemployment, women-owned businesses and women in management. The study also accounted for working women with employer-based health insurance, child care accessibility, women in legislative positions and protections offered to pregnant women and working parents.
The study noted that the cities, and Missouri as a whole, could improve by closing the gender pay gap and offering more prenatal and parental workplace protection.