This piece ran in the Washington Business Journal in the April 20, 2018 edition. The graphic was prepared by the Washington Business Journal using data supplied by the Institute.
In 2016, 42.9 percent of all households in the Washington region had two or more workers. Of the 15 largest metro areas, the region had the second largest share of the 2+-worker households behind Minneapolis. The household size distribution of the metros differs, but the Washington region’s rank does not change significantly after normalizing for household size: the region ranked third behind Minneapolis and Boston. Similarly, the Washington region had the smallest share of households without any workers (17.7%) of the 15 largest metros. This rank is unchanged after adjusting for the household size distribution.