By Andrew Giambrone
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.