The Economic Security and Well-being Index for Women in New York City™

New York City is home to more than four million women and girls representing a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, citizenship statuses, educational attainment levels, and occupations. Of those, close to one in four are economically vulnerable, meaning they are likely to live in poverty, have lower earnings and suffer longer spells of unemployment than other women in the City. 

The Economic Security and Well-being Index for Women in New York City™ provides an in-depth analysis of the economic security, health and safety, and well-being of women in the 59 community districts. It analyzes issues that shape the lives of women and girls, including poverty, income and employment; violence and safety; and education and health. It is part of The New York Women’s Foundation’s ongoing effort to deepen our understanding of the barriers to success and opportunity for women and girls in New York City. The report’s overarching goals are to:

  1. Provide baseline information and data on the status of women and girls living throughout the five boroughs of New York City;

  2. Inform public policies, resource allocation and programs at the local and state levels; and 

  3. Provide our grantee partners, government officials, advocates and funders with easily accessible data on the myriad issues impacting women and girls in New York City.
To tell the intricate story of women’s lives in the City, we relied on the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, various City agencies and other relevant sources. A complete list of sources can be found in the Appendices. To understand the absolute and relative levels of economic security, health, safety and well-being of women and girls across the five boroughs, we developed an Economic Security and Well-being Index composed of eight indicators. The complete Index is clustered into three major domains: Economic Security, Health and Safety, and Education. The Index allows us to pinpoint the greatest need and deepest disparities in communities.