Although the growing trend of women joining the labor force was stifled during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study shows that the number of self-employed women has grown significantly. 

According to a study by business research firm, more than 6 million women across the U.S. are self-employed, and several of the nation’s 170 most populous cities – including three in Southern California – are now emerging as hotspots for independent female workers. 

The top four locations for self-employed women are all in South Florida, the study showed. Coming in at No. 1 is Miami, followed by Fort Lauderdale and the cities of Pembroke Pines and Hialeah.

Over 15% of female workers in those cities are self-employed, data shows.

America’s second most populated city landed seventh on the list; out of the 913,185 employed women in Los Angeles, 128,713 of them – or 14.1% – are self-employed, according to U.S. Census Bureau data obtained by 

Self-employed women in L.A. have a median income of $52,778, according to the data. 

Two other Southern California cities landed in the top 10, with Huntington Beach and Chula Vista ranking as the ninth and tenth best cities for female entrepreneurs. 

Of the 48,229 employed women in Huntington Beach, 5,613 of them – or 11.6% – are their own boss. That rate is slightly lower in Chula Vista, where 6,599 females are self-employed out of the 59,647 total employed women in the city, equating to 11.1%. 

Other cities in the top 10 include Scottsdale, Arizona (#5); Hollywood, Florida (#6); and Grand Prairie, Texas (#8). 

Several other SoCal cities cracked the top 25, including Glendale, Palmdale, Escondido, Santa Clarita and San Diego. 

A complete list of the top 25 cities with for self-employed women can be found below:

RankCityStateNumber of employed womenNumber of self-employed womenMedian income of self-employed womenPercent of self-employed women
2.Fort LauderdaleFlorida41,7506,453$56,61815.5%
3.Pembroke PinesFlorida40,6686,183$31,76715.2%
7.Los AngelesCalifornia913,185128,713$52,77814.1%
8.Grand PrairieTexas51,1466,120$37,57212%
9.Huntington Beach California48,2295,613$69,57011.6%
10.Chula VistaCalifornia59,6476,599$47,89111.1%
13.St. PetersburgFlorida69,2167,441$79,57010.8%
16.Boise CityIdaho61,4816,414$75,36910.4%
22.Santa ClaritaCalifornia53,6545,252$63,4569.8%
23.San DiegoCalifornia332,62232,431$60,8439.8%
25.Colorado SpringsColorado114,40910,991$36,1419.6%
Source: via U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2022

On the other side of the spectrum, Cincinnati, Ohio was found to be the worst city for self-employed women, with just 3.8% of the city’s 81,863 employed women (3,120) calling themselves their own boss.

The city of Hayward, California, in Alameda County was found to be the second-worst city for female entrepreneurs, with just 1,451 of the city’s 37,030 employed women running their own business operation (3.9%).

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