New Orleans is #8 for Women in Tech

Women in the U.S. tech industry have long faced major disparities in both employment and pay. Last year, SmartAsset’s analysis of Census Bureau data found that women hold less than 26% of tech jobs in the U.S. and on average earn just 85% of what men in those positions earn. We further found that in many top tech cities, the numbers are worse. In San Francisco, for example, just 21% of tech workers were women.

Our 2016 analysis reflects no significant progress in either employment or pay for women in tech. In San Francisco, the tech workforce remains more than 75% male. Other major tech hubs like San Jose and Seattle have similar ratios.

Key Findings
Capital region is best for women in technology. For the second year in a row, Washington D.C., ranks first for women in technology. Women in the District hold over 40% of tech jobs and earn roughly the same average income as men. Nearby Baltimore ranked fourth overall. [Check Mortgage Rates in Washington D.C]

Trending down. Across the nation, the ratio of women in computer and mathematical occupations fell from 27.1% in 2011 to 26.5% in 2014. While the number of jobs held by women increased by about 50,000 over that time, the number of jobs held by men increased by 223,000.

Better representation goes with better pay. There is a significant positive correlation (49%) between tech industry representation for women and pay equity in the 58 cities SmartAsset analyzed. While it is impossible to say what exactly causes this relationship, it is clear that some cities have a better overall culture for women in technology.

Data and Methodology
To find the best cities for women in tech, SmartAsset looked at U.S. Census Bureau statistics on women and men in “computer and mathematical occupations” throughout the U.S.1 Our analysis considered 58 of the largest U.S. cities – any city in which the tech workforce was large enough for statistically significant Census survey results. For each of those 58 cities, we calculated the following four metrics:
1.Women as a percentage of the tech workforce.
2.Gender pay gap in tech.
3.Income after housing costs. (Median income for women in computer and mathematical occupations minus typical housing costs such as real estate taxes, insurance and mortgage payments.)
4.Three year tech employment growth. This statistic includes tech jobs for both men and women.

We ranked each of the 58 cities in our analysis according to these four metrics (the full list of cities and data for each metric is at the end of the article). We then averaged those rankings, giving half weight to tech employment growth and full weight to the other three metrics.

Lastly, we calculated an index score based on those averages. A city ranked first in each category would score a perfect 100, while a city ranked last in each category would score a zero. A score that is closer to 100 reflects a better tech employment environment for women.

Data used in our analysis comes from the U.S. Census Bureau American Communities Survey for 2014 the most recent year for which data is available. Three-year comparison data comes from the 2011 survey.

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has established itself as a leader in tech diversity. Organizations such as New Orleans Women in Tech have worked to foster a more inclusive culture for women in the technology industry, which is reflected in the data on workforce demographics. Women hold 38.1% of computer and mathematical occupations in New Orleans, the third-highest ratio of any city in SmartAsset’s study.

The tech industry culture in New Orleans also played a role in bringing the Collision Conference to the city for 2016.The conference drew more than 7,500 attendees when it was held in Las Vegas last year and this year it is placing a special emphasis on women in technology. It is scheduled for April 26-28 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

You can read the full report here.