WOMEN
02/05/2014 02:58 pm ET Updated Mar 19, 2014

These Are The 3 Cities Where Women Earn The Most Money

When President Obama called the wage gap "an embarrassment" in his State of the Union address, we had to agree. But could we just be living in the wrong zip code?

While women in the U.S. make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns on average, the wage gap fluctuates depending on professional field, education level and ethnicity. But new data also shows that location is a major factor in women's earnings.

Forbes analyzed data from financial literacy site NerdWallet, which tracks the median earnings of men and women in various metropolitan areas, and compiled a list of the best-paying cities for women. As Forbes writer Susan Adams pointed out, the cities where women earn the most are also places with a higher-than-average cost of living, but in no city do women earn 100 percent of what their male counterparts do.

These are the three cities where women earn the most:

  • 1. San Jose
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    In the San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara area:
    Women's median salary: $56,000
    Women's income as a percentage of men's: 74 percent
  • 2. Washington, D.C.
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    In the Washington/Arlington/Alexandria area:
    Women's median salary: $55,500
    Women's income as a percentage of men's: 80 percent
  • 3. San Francisco
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    In the San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont area:
    Women's median salary: $54,600
    Women's income as a percentage of men's: 84 percent

So, who's moving to San Jose with us?

Head over to Forbes to see the other seven cities that made the top 10 -- and the one that ranked worst.

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