Atlanta is No. 1 for young female earners

Women are closing the earnings gap with men, according to new census data.

 Single women ages 22-30 with no children earn more than men in 147 out of 150 major U.S. cities, according to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau data. 

And Atlanta women are leading the way, according to an interesting news story by AJC Bargain Hunter Lauren Davidson who explores the trend.   Davidson notes that from 2000 to 2010, Atlanta men had a 48 percent jump in median earnings, from $32,654 to $48,256, but women saw a 71 percent increase, from $22,916 to $39,228, according to the census data.

Liza Mundy, an author and journalist, explores the implications of this trend in the article and says in that more households will be supported by women than men within a generation.

“Women are still getting their minds around their new bread-winning status,” Mundy said. “Women are proud of their earnings … but they are still struggling to embrace the idea that they are providing not only for themselves but for others.”

Do you see any consequences for marriage and family life if this trend continues?

5 comments Add your comment


April 29th, 2012
2:29 pm

I think its great that more women are being paid decent wages and “bringing home the bacon”!


April 29th, 2012
3:32 pm

Of course there are consequences for women earning more than men. It will affect our society in ways that are negative and positive. How we see the trade off is in the eye of the individuals. It will be a couple of decades before we understand the real implications.

Its silly to suggest that there might not be any implications of such a change. Of course there are!

This statistic might be a reflection of the fact that women are attending college in higher proportion than men .


April 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

I agree that it is because woman are obtaining higher education degrees. This does not mean that they are receiving more income then men. For example if a man with a high school is making the same as a woman with an associates where is the equality in that? Women still have to work harder to receive decent wages and getting a degree is not easy.

Men may be forced to stay at home with their children while women still have to make them feel like they’re the “man of the house”. It’s silly for us to believe that men will be willing to participate in the duties of the household without consequences. Even with the exceptional men I’ve been friends with for years that do the upbringing of the children have made many relationship mistakes that many women would never dream of. Infidelity being top of that list.


April 29th, 2012
4:21 pm

Long term this bodes well for the Republicans. As these women earn more they’ll migrate into higher marginal income tax brackets, further away from the resentful Occupy crowd and ever nearer to the One Percenters. Most will naturally want to protect what they worked hard to earn – a good thing.


May 2nd, 2012
9:04 am

Myeasha: You haven’t been looking at voting surveys. In 2008, Obama got the majorityof voters earning over 100k a year, and even a higher percentage of those earning over 250k per year–as well as his best numbers the higher one’s education level. Of course, many billionaires are Democrats–including Buffett, seemingly Bill Gates now days. Earning more doesn’t necessarily make one overly greedy–many actually care about what’s happening to the country–the massive flow of wealth to the top 1 percent is bad for any democracy. Sadly, those earning less than $50,000, and with less than a college degree, are voting Republican–against their economic interests.