Learn about the types of people who become mayors. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a mayor. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming mayors at a ratio of 2.57 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2023
42% of mayors are female and 58% are male.
Gender Bias, 2023
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a mayor and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a mayor and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are more men interested in becoming a mayor than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of mayors are White, making up 40% of the population. The next highest segments are Other and East Asian, making up 30% and 20% respectively.