Greensboro, North Carolina, is the healthiest city for black women, while Washington, D.C., is the “best” overall — to a certain extent, according to a livability index developed by CityLab and urban sociologist Junia Howell.

“The index looks at inequities for black women in terms of income status, health conditions, and educational accomplishment,” says Brentin Mock, a staff writer at CityLab. “Livability is generally best for black women in southern metros, from the Deep South, to several cities in North Carolina, to several metros closer to the Mason-Dixon line.”

“While black women’s economic prospects are strongest in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area, their health conditions — perhaps the most critical metric for livability —lag significantly there compared to other regions.”

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