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States With the Most Women in Top Appointed Local Government Management Positions



The Local Government Diversity Dashboard (LGDD) arrays data on an individual unit of government, county, state, regional, and national levels. Drilling down to state level data, we find that the top five best states for women in top appointed local government management positions are Alabama, Idaho, West Virginia, New Hampshire, and Maine. Check out your state at DiversityDashboard.org. Compare your state on the map tool, across your region, and nationally.


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Top 10 Best States for Women Local Government Managers

  • Alabama – 57%

  • Idaho – 48%

  • West Virginia – 47%

  • New Hampshire – 45%

  • Maine – 43%

  • Mississippi – 41%

  • Pennsylvania – 41%

  • Delaware – 39%

  • Alaska – 38%

  • Indiana – 36%

  • Minnesota – 36%

Bottom 10 States for Women Local Government Managers

  • Montana – 21%

  • North Carolina – 21%

  • Connecticut – 20%

  • Oklahoma – 20%

  • Kentucky – 19%

  • South Carolina – 19%

  • Kansas – 17%

  • Virginia – 16%

  • Utah – 11%

  • Rhode Island – 9%

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