Buffalo, NY Tops List of Best Places to Live for Career-Focused Single Women
Owners.com identifies top 20 housing markets for women seeking increased job opportunities and higher salaries
Owners.com analyzed potential places to live for career-focused single women based on a variety of factors, including the percentage of single women homeowners, female median earnings and female unemployment rate. Reviewing this group, the study uncovered the following key insights:
- The top 10 markets offer women more affordable housing. The average home price in the top 10 markets is
$295,636, which is 17 percent less than the next 10 markets ( $355,415on average) which include distinctly expensive markets like San Francisco and Washington, DC.
- Females in the top 10 markets are spending on average 10 percent less of their monthly salary on housing compared to the next 10 markets (32.9 percent on average versus 36.9 percent on average).
- The average female unemployment rate in the top 20 markets (4.5 percent) is less than the national average, suggesting these markets offer more employment opportunities for women.
- Compared to the national average, single women in the top 20 markets earned nearly 10 percent more (
$46,524on average versus $42,352nationally), suggesting these markets offer higher paying job opportunities.
“With lower unemployment rates and higher incomes than the national average, single women are entering the real estate market at a fast pace and placing a huge value on owning a home,” said Daniel Maloney, Head of National Sales at Owners.com. “While many of the top 20 markets offer single, professional women strong career opportunities, they can also be considered expensive real estate markets. Smart buyers should look to work with a brokerage that can offer the technology, data and on-the-ground expertise of an agent, to help them make the most informed home purchase decision.”
|Top 20 Markets to Live for Single Women|
|Percentage of Female Salary Going to Mortgage Payment||Unemployment
|1||Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY||13.4%||$41,197||$175,578||22.1%||2.9%|
|3||Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT||13.1%||$50,869||$243,666||24.8%||4.4%|
|6||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX||13.6%||$41,645||$307,554||38.2%||4.4%|
|7||New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA||14.9%||$51,099||$516,856||52.4%||5.8%|
|9||St. Louis, MO-IL||13.4%||$41,364||$215,752||27.0%||4.4%|
|12||Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI||10.0%||$47,845||$288,326||31.2%||2.9%|
|15||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA||14.8%||$42,003||$250,082||30.8%||5.3%|
|19||Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI||12.9%||$42,208||$220,480||27.0%||5.0%|
|20||San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||10.8%||$61,764||$954,293||80.0%||4.4%|
Owners.com identified all MSAs with over one million people. Owners.com used three metrics to identify and rank the top 20 markets for single, professional women to live in the United States. The MSAs were measured based on three key metrics, which were scaled, weighted and summed. The national average data was weighted across the U.S. population. The weights for each metric are as follows:
- Median Female Income: 40 percent
- Percentage of Single Women Homeowners: 30 percent of score
- Female unemployment rate: 30 percent of score
Owners.com is a technology-driven brokerage at the forefront of the real estate revolution. With local real estate expertise, financing and closing services and unique digital experiences, Owners.com and its affiliates offer a complete real estate solution that aims to anticipate and fulfill the dreams of consumers. For more information or to contact a local Owners.com real estate agent, visit Owners.com or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.
1 “Unemployment rate of women in the United States from 1990 to 2017,” The Statistics Portal, https://www.statista.com/statistics/193944/unemployment-rate-of-women-in-the-us-since-1990/
2 “National Association of Realtors®' 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers,” https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/first-time-buyers-stifled-by-low-supply-affordability-2017-buyer-and-seller-survey
Michelle D. Esterman
Chief Financial Officer
Source: Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A.