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March 23, 2017

Study: Philadelphia ranked one of top cities for women in tech

While women still remain a large minority in the working world of technology, Philadelphia has now been ranked a top spot for women looking to break into the industry in 2017, according to one recent study.

SmartAsset, a personal finance technology website, published its list of "The Best Cities for Women in Tech in 2017" Wednesday, and Philadelphia found itself at No. 10, up from No. 15 last year

When looking at cities with the highest percentage of women in math and computer-related fields, Philly ranked even higher at No. 8, according to the study. The gender pay gap has also narrowed in the City of Brotherly Love, moving to a 92 percent female-to-male earnings ratio from 89.5 percent from SmartAsset's 2016 study.

Washington D.C. took the No. 1 spot on the list for the third year in a row.

To determine the rankings, SmartAsset looked at data on men and women in jobs related to computers and mathematics and found 59 large U.S. cities that had "enough tech workers to provide statistically reliable data from the Census Bureau."

From there, SmartAsset determined each spot based on four categories, including gender pay gap, income after housing costs, what percentage of women make up the tech workforce in that city and four-year tech employment growth.

Nationwide, the average female-to-male earnings ratio is 84.8 percent, worse than 86.7 percent in 2016. In addition, only 26 percent of computer and math-related jobs are filled by women across the nation. In Philadelphia, that number is 32 percent.

"While female tech workers earn more than their male counterparts in a few cities, more needs to be done to ensure that women are receiving equal pay for equal work," the study said.

Check out the top 10 cities below or look at SmartAsset's complete findings here

1. Washington, D.C.

2. Kansas City, Missouri

3. Baltimore, Maryland

4. Indianapolis, Indiana

5. New Orleans, Louisiana

6. Fremont, California

7. New York, New York

8. Detroit, Michigan (tied)

8. Denver, Colorado (tied)

10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania