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The Most Democratic County in Each State

President Barack Obama won re-election in 2012 with about 51% of the popular vote, winning 26 states and the District of Columbia to capture 332 of 538 electoral votes. Despite ...
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The Most Republican County in Each State

Barack Obama won re-election in 2012 with about 51% of the popular vote, winning 26 states and the District of Columbia to capture 332 of 538 electoral votes. Despite the ...
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The Happiest (and Most Miserable) Cities in America

Well-being captures the happiness of individuals. Not only are happier workers often more productive, but a healthy economy can also improve the well-being of an area’s residents. The measurement of ...
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The Healthiest (and Least Healthy) Countries in the World

World Health Day is on April 7, and people around the globe are turning their attention to health issues. The global infant mortality rate of 33.6 deaths per 1,000 live ...
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The Largest Employer in Each State

It is essential for a state’s economy to have a diverse array of companies. Still, the impact each of the companies has on a state’s economy varies considerably. In each ...
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States With the Highest Gas Prices

Gas prices in every state are higher than they were one month ago.  While the nationwide average price of $2.45 per gallon is far lower than levels one year ...
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The Best (and Worst) States for Business

While the United States was founded on the principle of equality for all people, the 50 states are decidedly unequal in providing opportunities for business. For companies choosing to locate ...
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America’s 50 Coldest Cities

With nearly a month of winter left, 2015 is already the coldest winter since 1979. Cities as far south as Washington, D.C., have seen subzero temperatures while others have been ...
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Cities Where Crime Is Plummeting

The United States is becoming safer, with crime levels dropping nearly every year, recently. Between 1991 and 2013, the U.S. violent crime rate has fallen by nearly 52%. Since 2009, ...
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Cities Where Crime Is Soaring

The United States is becoming safer, with crime levels dropping nearly every year. Between 1991 and 2013, the U.S. violent crime rate has fallen by nearly 52%. Since 2009, the ...
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The Best States to Grow Old In

The U.S. elderly population is growing rapidly. The number of Americans 65 and older grew from 35 million in 2000 to 41.4 million in 2011 and to an estimated 44.7 ...
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The Worst States to Grow Old In

The U.S. elderly population has grown exponentially in recent decades. The number of Americans 65 and older grew from 35 million in 2000 to 41.4 million in 2011 and to ...
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States Where the Middle Class Is Dying

The American economy is by many measures well on the road to full recovery. The national unemployment rate was 6.2% in 2013, down from 9.3% in 2009; U.S. gross domestic ...
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Unemployment by Occupation 2014

Cement masons, cabinetmakers, and ushers were among the jobs that benefitted most from rebounds in the construction and leisure and hospitality sectors in 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, employment in ...
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States With the Best (and Worst) Schools

The United States has lost ground among developed nations in promoting quality education for its students. To counter this troubling trend, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the ...
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