D.C. Women Have Highest Well-Being

Local women earn more, are better educated, and live longer

By Caitlin O'Brien
|  Friday, May 18, 2012  |  Updated 10:56 AM EDT
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D.C. Women Have Highest Well-Being

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A new study shows what we all already knew—that women in D.C. have got it going on. The women of the nation’s capital have the highest well-being in the country according to a new study.

Measure of America found that women in the District, and the surrounding suburbs, earn more, are better educated and live longer than women in any other major city.

The study ranked the twenty-five most populated cities on the American Human Development Index. The Index is a summary measure of well-being that takes into account a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decenter standard of living. To find these statistics, life expectancy at birth, educational degree attainment, school enrollment and media earnings were factored.

D.C. women ranked first in access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. Interestingly, the study notes that there is a correlation between women’s increased earnings and unmarried women. In D.C., more than one-third of women never marry. In comparison, in Tampa-St. Petersburg, 75% percent of women are married, and women there earn the least of all the cities. Women in D.C. were also found to be in management, business, science and arts occupations more than women in any other city.

San Francisco and Boston came in second and third respectively. On the other hand, Houston, San Antonio and Riverside-San Bernadino were the bottom three.

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