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More women equals better pay. For proof, check out Detroit.
That's one of the findings from a new study by SmartAsset, which analyzed Census Bureau data for insights about women in technology.
Overall, says the study, women who work in technology earn 75 percent of what men do. And nationally, the tech workforce is 75 percent male. But in cities with a higher proportion of women in the tech community, women's pay tends to be higher as a percentage of men's.
"There is significant positive correlation (49 percent) between tech industry representation for women and pay equity in the 58 cities SmartAsset analyzed," says the study. "While it is impossible to say what exactly causes this this relationship, it is clear that some cities have a better overall culture for women in technology."
Exactly which cities, though, might surprise you. In this year's survey, SmartAsset found that when it comes to pay, the best city for women in technology is far and away Detroit. Women working in Detroit's tech sector actually get paid significantly more than men--122.8 percent of men's pay. Relative to other cities, Detroit’s tech sector has a lot of women, with 44.5 percent of all tech jobs in the city filled by women. Detroit also has extremely high growth in the tech sector, with three-year tech employment growth reaching 32 percent.
In the overall rankings, which include job growth, cost of living, and other factors, Washington, D.C., comes in first, followed by Kansas City and Detroit.
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