Women in the nation’s capital represent one of the most diverse groups in the entire country, according to a new analysis by a D.C.-based nonprofit.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research examined U.S. Census Bureau data captured from 2010 to 2014, aiming to show where the country’s 42.3 million adult women of color live. Most (41.5 percent) are in the South, a statistical region that includes the District and stretches west to Texas. The Pacific West is home to 23.2 percent and the Northeast 16.3 percent. IWPR calculated “diversity scores” for each region and jurisdiction based on their proportions of six racial and ethnic groups: White, Hispanic, Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and Other Race or Two or More Races. The maximum score on the scale was 1.8, meaning that each racial and ethnic group composes an equal share of a territory’s population, while the minimum was zero, meaning that only one racial or ethnic group lives in a given place. The metric doesn’t measure segregation.
Among states, IWPR found diversity scores ranging from 0.3 in West Virginia, Maine, and Vermont to 1.3 in California. Along with Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Nevada, and Texas, the District scored 1.2. Specifically, the organization reports that there were 280,000 women in D.C. by the end of 2014. Of these, 48 percent were Black, 37 percent were White, and 8 percent were Hispanic. The remaining groups comprised 7 percent of female population.
“Not only is the United States becoming more diverse among women, it is also, of course, becoming more broadly diverse,” says IWPR President Heidi Hartmann.
The full analysis can be found here. A graphic of the countrywide population rates of racial and ethnic groups among women follows below.