Sarasota-Bradenton rated a top area for women in business

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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 11:00 am

SARASOTA, Fla. -- When it comes to the best markets for women in business, the Sarasota/Bradenton area is one of the best in the nation.

The business journal Bizwomen.com has rated the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, looking at opportunities available for women both as entrepreneurs and climbers of the corporate ladder.

The cities with the most highly paid and well-educated women land at the top of the list, with the Sarasota-Bradenton area coming in at number 21 -- well above the Tampa-St. Pete area at number 36.

The full list:

1. Washington, DC

2. San Francisco-Oakland

3. San Jose

4. Baltimore

5. Denver

6. New York City

7. Boston

8. Minneapolis-St. Paul

9. Madison, Wis.

10. Raleigh

11. Albany, N.Y.

12. Portland, Maine

13. Hartford

14. Austin

15. Bridgeport-Stamford, Conn.

16. Sacramento

17. Atlanta

18. Honolulu

19. Seattle

20. Albuquerque

21. Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla.

22. New Haven, Conn.

23. Los Angeles

24. Chicago

25. Springfield, Mass.

26. Philadelphia

27. Richmond

28. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

29. San Diego

30. Columbia, S.C.

31. Orlando

32. Nashville

33. Columbus

34. Worcester, Mass.

35. Greensboro, N.C.

36. Tampa-St. Petersburg

37. Portland, Ore.

38. Las Vegas

39. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks, Calif.

40. Phoenix

41. Little Rock, Ark.

42. Kansas City

43. Milwaukee

44. Omaha

45. Charlotte

46. Des Moines, Iowa

47. Rochester, N.Y.

48. Jacksonville

49. Miami-Fort Lauderdale

50. Louisville

51. Charleston, S.C.

52. Providence

53. Buffalo

54. Jackson, Miss.

55. St. Louis

56. Dallas-Fort Worth

57. Syracuse, N.Y.

58. Virginia Beach-Norfolk

59. New Orleans

60. Cleveland

61. Tucson

62. Oklahoma City

63. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

64. San Antonio

65. Cincinnati

66. Indianapolis

67. Colorado Springs

68. Fresno, Calif.

69. Memphis

70. Birmingham

71. Harrisburg, Pa.

72. Detroit

73. Pittsburgh

74. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.

75. Houston

76. Lancaster, Pa.

77. Toledo, Ohio

78. Salt Lake City

79. Akron, Ohio

80. Wichita, Kan.

81. Baton Rouge, La.

82. Grand Rapids, Mich.

83. Tulsa

84. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.

85. Knoxville, Tenn.

86. Lakeland, Fla.

87. Dayton, Ohio

88. Stockton, Calif.

89. Chattanooga, Tenn.

90. Allentown-Bethlehem, Pa.

91. Palm Bay-Melbourne, Fla.

92. Youngstown, Ohio

93. Boise, Idaho

94. McAllen-Edinburg, Texas

95. Greenville, S.C.

96. El Paso, Texas

97. Bakersfield, Calif.

98. Augusta, Ga.

99. Ogden, Utah

100. Provo, Utah

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