The Washington Post

Washington tops U.S. cities for women’s well-being, report says

In our ongoing coverage of D.C. superlatives, it’s impossible not to notice that the best- and worst-of lists often focus on the superficial and, sometimes, absurd.

We’re happy to finally report on new research that gives Washington top marks for something other than our drinking habits: women’s well-being.

View Photo Gallery: A new day in Washington often means another absurd, painfully accurate and always entertaining superlative for us pops up in the news. Ugliest? Check. Happiest single ladies? Check. Highly caffeinated? You know it. Read on for more examples of what the rest of the country thinks we are.

The Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project examined women in the country’s 25 most populous cities and looked at three factors that make up overall well-being: life expectancy, earnings and education.

The Washington region beat out other metro areas in earnings and education, and trailed only slightly behind in longevity.

According to researchers, “women living in major metro areas are doing better than the typical American woman” overall.

For more information about the women’s well-being report, visit

Top 3:

1. Washington, D.C.

2. San Francisco

3. Boston

Bottom 3:

23. Houston

24. San Antonio

25. Riverside-San Bernardino

More D.C. superlatives:

Second-fittest city

No. 1 nationwide for traffic congestion

Sixth least-attractive city

Third-rudest city

Sixth most-caffeinated city

42nd manliest city

Sixth most hipster region

Most literate city

Happiest single ladies

Singles are nation’s biggest boozers

One of nation’s least stressed-out cities

Seventh most fun city

Ninth most fashionable


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