DC performs favorably compared to others on measures such as physical inactivity, uninsured, primary care physicians, and mental health providers. DC does less well on the majority of measures. The standouts for poor performance are teen births, STDs, children in poverty, low birthweight, premature death, and violent crime.
While there are limitations to comparing DC to unlike counties, a comparison to national trends makes sense. More important, the rankings are a useful snapshot of where DC stands and looking at others demonstrates it is possible to improve.