Issues like these affect women in various parts of the country differently, which is why analysts at WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia to create a comprehensive ranking of the best and worst states to be a woman.
The rankings work like this: WalletHub considered 19 relevant metrics in each state, including median income, health care access and affordability, and the rates of statewide gendered violence. They divided these metrics into two main categories, which are “Women’s Economic & Social Well-Being” and “Women’s Health & Safety.”
Grading each metric on a 100-point scale, with 100 points representing the “most favorable conditions,” they ranked each state numerically from best to worst.
The top 10 best states for women’s rights and opportunities are primarily east coast and midwestern states (though Hawaii and North Dakota also make the list). Southern states claim four of the five lowest spots, quickly followed by Nevada.
See where your state ranks on the list: