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Top cities for the working gal

Kendra Y. Mims is a freelance writer and online content editor in the Chicagoland area. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in journalism. Her passions include writing, reading, and traveling.

Moving on up

Did you know that today’s working women are at the top of the game now more than ever? According to Forbes, in 2012 women left their mark in business in industries around the world, and started companies at 1.5 times the national average.
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Whether you’re an emerging professional or you’re in mid-career and ready to make a transition, relocating to a new city could be a great opportunity to take your career to the next level.

If you’re contemplating taking a big move to further your career, you may want to consider the following cities, which Forbes voted as the top best-paying cities for women.

Bonus: As an added bonus for our fitness gals, cities marked with an asterisk (*) are also ranked in the top 20 healthiest cities in the U.S., according to the 2012 American Fitness Index Report.

1

San Jose, California*

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $67,052

Percentage of men's earnings: 72.7%

2

San Francisco, California*

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $65,526

Percentage of men's earnings: 76.4%

3

Washington, DC*

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $64,779

Percentage of men's earnings: 75.4%

4

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $63,553

Percentage of men's earnings: 53.8%

5

Boston, Massachusetts*

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $58,689

Percentage of men's earnings: 69.9%

6

New York, New York

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $57,627

Percentage of men's earnings: 72.8%

7

Hartford, Connecticut

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $55,777

Percentage of men's earnings: 74.8%

8

Oxnard/Thousand Oaks/Ventura, Calif.

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $54,800

Percentage of men's earnings: 75.3%

9

Baltimore, Maryland

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $54,370

Percentage of men's earnings: 75.3%

10

Seattle, Washington*

Women's mean earnings in 2010: $53,039

Percentage of men's earnings: 72.3%

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Before you pack your bags and venture out into new territory, be sure to steer clear of cities with unequal opportunities for women.

Working gals should avoid transferring to the following cities in hopes of advancing their career, as 24/7 Wall Street stamped them as the worst-paying cities for women.

1

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Men's median income: $51,103

Women's median income: $32,385

Percentage of men’s earnings: 63.4%

2

Ogden-Clearfield, Utah

Men's median income: $51,766

Women's median income: $33,331

Percentage of men’s earnings: 64.4%

3

Toledo, Ohio

Men's median income: $49,739

Women's median income: $34,817

Percentage of men’s earnings: 70.0%

4

Augusta-Richmond County
Georgia/South Carolina

Men's median income: $46,648

Women's median income: $32,926

Percentage of men’s earnings: 70.6%

5

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk
Connecticut

Men's median income: $70,605

Women's median income: $50,714

Percentage of men’s earnings: 71.8%

Check out the remaining five worst-paying cities for women.

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