Washington D.C. Wins the Pay Gap


Washington, D.C.  has the lowest pay gap between men and women workers in the country, compared to the 50 states, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The median weekly wage of full-time women workers is 96.5 percent of that for their male counterparts in DC, far and away the most parity in the country. The U.S. average is 80.2 percent; Louisiana women are trailing the rest of the country, making only 65 percent of men’s wages. Some other local stats: Virginia women make 80.4 percent of what Virginia men do; Maryland women make 87.3 percent. Of course, in this contest, we’re a tiny urban area competing with states filled with urban, suburban, and rural areas—so this is likely more a triumph for cities than it is for the District.

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