CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
Net Worth by Gender
Ratio of the median net worth of single male-headed households to single female-headed households, 2010.
Calculated by dividing the higher value by the lower value, i.e., single male-headed households divided by single female-headed households in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin and single female-headed households divided by single male-headed households in Louisiana and Virginia.
A ratio of 1 indicates perfect equality; the higher the ratio, the greater the inequality. For example, the median net worth of single male-headed households in Ohio is 2 times higher than for single female-headed households.
Data are point estimates produced from a national survey with relatively small samples for some states, which can result in imprecise estimates and ranks. States are not ranked on this measure due to insufficient data at the state level. For more information on how we measured precision and to download margin of error data for each state, see here.
This measure describes the disparity in net worth between single male-headed households and single female-headed households. Historically, women have faced barriers to or been prevented from acquiring assets, especially property and capital. However, when comparing single women to single men, the median net worth of men is only 1.18 (or 18%) higher than women. In fact women have higher net worth, at the median, than men in four out of the seven states for which data is available.
The Scorecard compares single households in gender comparisons rather than all male- and female-headed households to disentangle issues of gender from marital status. For more information on wealth disparities by gender, see the work of Mariko Lin Chang.
Net Worth by Gender
|State||Median Net Worth, |
|Median Net Worth, |
|District of Columbia||—||—||—|
|Louisiana||$27,334 *||$27,496 *||1.01|
|Michigan||$29,933 *||$18,144 *||1.65|
|North Carolina||—||$16,125 *||—|
|Pennsylvania||$42,200 *||$35,528 *||1.19|
|South Carolina||$34,436 *||—||—|
|Virginia||$35,081 *||$56,305 *||1.60|
|Wisconsin||$31,255 *||$28,675 *||1.09|
"—" indicates that no data is available, or data is suppressed due to a margin of error that is greater than 50% of the estimate.
* Indicates that the margin of error is greater than 25% of the estimate, and as such, this estimate is too imprecise to rank. Caution should be used when using this data.