November 7, 2019

The 10 Best U.S. Cities for Women in Tech

By Anne Fisher

If you’re female and looking for a job as, say, a software developer or systems analyst, here’s a tip: Forget about Silicon Valley and consider Washington, D.C., Baltimore, or Philadelphia instead. Those are three U.S. metro areas where women in tech are thriving—and where the wage gap between male and female techies is slimmest.

In its fifth annual study on this subject, personal finance site SmartAsset analyzed Census data for 58 cities with populations of at least 200,000 and ranked them according to four criteria: women as a percentage of the current tech workforce; the gender pay gap in each place; the affordability of housing (the median earnings of women minus the median cost of renting or buying a home); and growth in overall tech employment.