Study: 7th district best in Texas for overall well-being
Residents of the 7th congressional district, which includes much of the Cy-Fair area, enjoy the highest overall well-being in Texas, according to a recent study.
The 7th district scored 6.69 on the “human development index” designed by the American Human Development Project of the Social Science Research Council. The index is a composite score based on factors such as health, education, and median income in each district.
The district’s top score was driven by its residents’ high education and income, though its health ranking was only about average for the Houston area.
As it turns out, the lowest score in Texas is also in the Houston area. The 29th district in the eastern part of the city ranked last with a 3.23.
Texas’s average human development score was 4.67. The average score for the Houston metro area was slightly higher at 5.02, though this was still behind the average score for the United States as a whole, 5.17.
The highest-ranked area in the country was New York’s 14th district, which includes the East Side of Manhattan. It received a score of 8.79. The lowest district nationwide was California’s 20th. That district, which encompasses Fresno and Kern, scored 2.60.
To find out more about how the American Human Development Project and how the scores were calculated, visit http://www.measureofamerica.org.