Which U.S. city is the best for working women?

Which cities offer women the best salaries and most equality with their male working counterparts?

Which cities offer women the best salaries and most equality with their male working counterparts?

In the U.S. and U.K., a number of laws have been passed in order to bridge the pay gap between men and women in the same roles. Legislation including the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 both order that discrimination based on gender is not acceptable -- and yet, in some industries including the police force, it seems that the clock is turning back -- and affecting how many women are willing to apply for these roles as a result.

The situation may not be as bad as the Middle East -- where the gender pay gap is reported to be between 20 and 40 percent -- but for the 49.3 percent of U.S. workers who do not happen to have the Y chromosome, there are distinct differences in the fairness of a work environment depending on where you live.

Financial information company NerdWallet recently released a study that suggests that the equality of pay scales change depending on where U.S. women live.

In each ranking -- small, medium and large cities -- California secures at least two spots in the top five. In the small cities list, Napa came up on top, offering an average of 91.60 percent of male salaries. Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA; Auburn-Opelika, AL; Charlottesville, VA; and Santa Rosa, CA also all made the list.

In medium-sized cities, Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, Oxnard, CA; Bridgeport, CT; Stockton, CA; and Madison, WI all offered women the best deals; ranging from 93.50 percent to 81.80 percent of the average salary men enjoyed in the same roles.

The largest U.S. city which gives women a salary closest to their male counterparts is Washington D.C., with a median salary of $55,688, or 81.90 percent as much as men. After Washington, San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Austin, TX; and Dallas-Forth Worth, TX. on average gave women the best salary rates in comparison to men.

Read More: Fast Co.Exist

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This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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