Blackpool is the second worst place to live in Britain if you are a woman, according to research for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
Analysis took into account factors including pay, life expectancy and educational opportunities.
Blackpool also emerged as among one of the worst towns when it comes to women’s safety, according to the analysis of 380 local authorities using data from a number of sources, including the Office for National statistics.
But women’s group representatives in the resort today hit back at the findings.
Coral Horn, managing director of female networking company Pink Link Ladies, said: “Everyone knows we have problems in this town but that doesn’t stop you succeeding if you have the right mindset and attitude.
“I have never felt unsafe in regard to going out in Blackpool town centre, you just have to be sensible like you would anywhere else.
“And in terms of somewhere to live, there are more opportunities than ever for entertainment on the Promenade, and places like Stanley Park.”
Deborah Terras, of community interest company UR Potential which delivers International Women’s Day events in Blackpool each year, said work was being done to reduce the gender gap.
She said: “Blackpool has some amazing opportunities for women and already has a strong culture of supporting women in the town as well as supporting other genders.
“UR Potential has a girls group set up for that very reason to support young women to have a voice and to be part of the social movement in Blackpool.
“This year we had awards celebrating the achievements of women and we were so proud of the calibre of entrants recognising what women achieve in this town.
“It’s just unfortunate the recent poll didn’t engage with younger women and women in communities to find the true voice of Blackpool women.”
Karen Dalziel, Woman’s Hour editor, said: “The Best Place to be a Woman analysis has given us a powerful tool to understand the factors affecting the quality of a woman’s life in Great Britain, and a fascinating insight into the way a woman’s needs, experiences and expectations change during her life.
“We’ll now investigate to what extent our selected key indicators have really shaped women’s choices about where they live.”The survey looked at eight key indicators for women aged 18-30, 30-65 and over 65, with Blackpool ranked 379th out of 380 local authorities overall, 354th on income, 34th on housing affordability, 290th on wellbeing, 372nd on safety, 333rd on education, 378th on life expectancy, 329th on environment and 287th on culture.
By contrast East Dunbartonshire is the best place to live in Britain if you are a woman.