Metro Washington residents seeking a boost in self-esteem might find at least a little bump in two recent studies. The Purina Pet Institute’s Healthy Pets 21 Consortium recently ranked Washington, D.C., as seventh in its first-ever study of the “Pet Healthiest Cities,” developed from a set of “23 objective criteria” involving health, legislation, and services. “Social life in Washington, D.C. tends to revolve around dogs,” trumpets the report. The District also ranked seventh in a survey conducted by Jackson, Wis.-based firm Next Generation Consulting, dubbed “Hot Communities—Cool Jobs,” which assessed “America’s coolest places to live and work for Generation X’ers.” Among the criteria used to evaluate D.C.’s “hot/cool” ratio were recycling rates, the number of farmers’ markets, and the number of vegetarian restaurants. Next year, let’s aim for No. 6! —Richard Byrne