2018’s Best & Worst States for Women

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of living standards for women.

Women's DayIn 2018, women in some parts of America still get the short end of the stick — even as they outnumber men in most states. For instance, women represent nearly two-thirds of all minimum-wage workers in the U.S. Their political representation also suffers, as women make up 51% of the U.S. population but only 22% of the Senate and 19.3% of the House of Representatives. And the prevalence of sexual harassment has become a prominent issue in 2018’s political landscape, from #MeToo to #TimesUp.

In order to determine how women are faring and where they can find the best opportunities relative to where they live, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of living standards for women. Our data set ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s preventive health care to female homicide rate. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

Best States for Women
Overall Rank
(1=Best)
State Total Score ‘Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being’ Rank ‘Women’s Health & Safety’ Rank
1 Minnesota 78.22 1 3
2 Massachusetts 75.74 6 2
3 Vermont 72.05 3 7
4 North Dakota 72.02 4 8
5 Wisconsin 71.45 2 15
6 Maine 71.31 5 11
7 Hawaii 71.13 16 1
8 Connecticut 69.77 15 4
9 Iowa 69.11 10 9
10 New Hampshire 69.10 13 5
11 Illinois 69.07 7 20
12 Delaware 67.90 12 16
13 New York 67.79 14 10
14 Washington 67.27 9 22
15 District of Columbia 66.45 8 26
16 New Jersey 66.11 18 6
17 Nebraska 64.82 19 14
18 Oregon 64.05 11 28
19 California 63.07 23 12
20 Colorado 63.06 20 18
21 Rhode Island 61.87 22 17
22 Maryland 61.73 25 13
23 Indiana 61.06 17 30
24 South Dakota 60.38 26 19
25 Utah 58.28 32 21
26 Montana 58.00 21 33
27 Virginia 57.50 30 23
28 Kansas 56.21 33 25
29 Ohio 56.12 27 29
30 North Carolina 54.89 28 34
31 Florida 53.75 35 32
32 Michigan 52.94 31 37
33 Wyoming 52.49 42 24
34 Kentucky 52.39 24 41
35 Pennsylvania 51.57 40 31
36 Arizona 51.12 38 35
37 Missouri 50.85 36 38
38 Tennessee 49.26 29 45
39 Alaska 48.80 34 44
40 New Mexico 48.62 37 40
41 Idaho 47.92 48 27
42 Texas 47.40 45 36
43 Georgia 47.00 43 39
44 Nevada 44.22 39 50
45 West Virginia 44.08 41 49
46 South Carolina 42.08 46 46
47 Alabama 41.75 50 42
48 Oklahoma 41.06 49 43
49 Mississippi 40.71 47 48
50 Arkansas 39.77 44 51
51 Louisiana 36.27 51 47

 

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