Best State for Women: the 'North Star' State

Minnesota is the best state to live in for gender equality; Louisiana needs to do some work
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2018 9:20 AM CST
10 Best, Worst US States for Women
Lookin' good for the ladies: Minnesota.   (Getty Images/filadendron)

Amid the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, WalletHub did some digging to see which US states proved best for women (and which didn't fare so well). The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia across two main metrics: women's economic and social well-being—which includes everything from earnings and job security to how many women graduated high school and own businesses—and women's health care and safety, which looks at obesity rates, prevalence of depression and suicide, and availability of preventive health care. Where women may fare best: Minnesota. Here, the top 10 states for women and their score out of 100:

Best US states for women

  1. Minnesota; 78.2 (No. 1 for women's economic and social well-being)
  2. Massachusetts; 75.7
  3. Vermont; 72.1
  4. North Dakota; 72
  5. Wisconsin; 71.5
  6. Maine; 71.3
  7. Hawaii; 71.1 (No. 1 for women's health and safety)
  8. Connecticut; 69.8
  9. Iowa; 69.1
  10. New Hampshire; 69.1
Read on for the states that could use some improvements.

Worst US states for women

  1. Louisiana; 36.3
  2. Arkansas; 39.8
  3. Mississippi; 40.7
  4. Oklahoma; 41.1
  5. Alabama; 41.8
  6. South Carolina; 42.1
  7. West Virginia; 44.1
  8. Nevada; 44.2
  9. Georgia; 47
  10. Texas; 47.4
See where your state falls here. (Check out the most diverse states.)

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