The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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‘for poorer and for richer’
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Tired of surveys yet? Me neither. Today’s Survey of the Day is brought to you by the American Human Development Project, which ranked DC number one out of the country’s 10 largest cities in terms of well-being. Rankings were based on education, health and income. While at first glance this seems like better news than yesterday’s declaration of our hideousness, it’s actually quite depressing.

As The Washington Post points out, the numbers showcase some glaring disparities between the haves and have-nots. For instance, white Washingtonians live an average of 12 years longer than black Washingtonians. We have some of the highest incomes in the country, but also the highest infant mortality rate. And though our job sectors attract the best-educated, DC schools claim dismal drop-out rates.

I liked it better when we were just ugly.

Rebecca Gross

Raised in nearby MoCo, Rebecca happily jumped the District line in 2005. When not stuck behind a computer, she can be found exploring the city’s many wonders, usually with her trusty canine sidekick Jasper Jones. Questions, comments, concerns? Email her at RebeccaGross (at)

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