For many Black women, safety and affordability remain a priority when looking for a place to live but seem hard to come by in the U.S.
Life for single Black women particularly can be costly when considering the gender and racial wage gap.
Data from the American Association of University Women supports the disproportionate burden citing that it takes a Black woman 19 months to earn what a white man in the same position earns in 12 months.
Black women looking to live alone also have to consider their safety as they face the intersectional risk of racially-charged hate crimes and gender violence.
These factors have sparked the question of where Black women can live safely and affordably.
1. Augusta, GA
In Augusta, Georgia, 21.6 percent of the state’s businesses are minorities-owned making it a top city for Black women entrepreneurs.
Its metropolitan area has a lower crime rate than the national average and is just a two-hour drive away from Atlanta.
Per Madamenoire, a single individual can live in Augusta on $30,000 a year after taxes.
2. Grand Prairie, Texas
Grand Prairie is a Texas city with diversity as 21.3 percent of its residents identify as Black.
The city is located six miles away from Dallas and 37 miles from Fort Worth putting it in close proximity to an international airport.
Grand Prairie also has a crime rate lower than the state and national average.
Though there are pricey communities in the area, those looking for something affordable should check out Keller and Flower Mound neighborhoods.
3. Lansing, MI
A 1.5-hour drive from Detroit, Lansing is a diverse city with a lower crime rate than many places in Michigan.
Though some may find Lansing to have a small-town feel, the city offers many shopping spots, parks, museums, and more.
According to Madamenoire, 23 percent of Lansing’s population is Black.
4. Baltimore, MD
Baltimore is a prime location for entrepreneurs as nearly half of its businesses are Black-owned, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Living in Baltimore is also cost-effective as one will find the cost of living to be lower than the national average and the state of Maryland.
Though the city proper may have high crime rates, there are plenty pockets and bordering communities including Little Italy, Federal Hill, Inner Harbor, and Mount Vernon that are safe and walking friendly.
5. New Rochelle, NY
According to Madamenoire, New Rochelle is an “affordable option for the NYC area.” In New Rochelle, one can enjoy all that NYC has to offer with a short train ride and without breaking the bank.
It is considered one of the top five safest places among “comparably-sized cities nationally,” and the second best city for Black women to financially thrive in, Money Geek reports.
6. Pembroke Pines, FL
In Pembroke Pines, access to the bustling nightlife and beaches of Miami is only a 40-minute drive away.
The city holds a 22.3 percent Black population and ranks among the highest for the number of Black women who own a home, per Money Geek.
Not only is Pembroke Pines a great place for home ownership, but 88 percent of the city’s Black women also live above the poverty line.