Author Archives: Evan Comen

8 Old-Fashioned Names Making Huge Comebacks

One of the most common naming conventions in the United States is to give a child the name of his or her older relative or ancestor. While popular 20th century ...
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The Most Dangerous City in Every State

After more than two decades of steady decline, violent crime in the U.S. may be on the rise once again. There were an estimated 15,696 murders in the United States in ...
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21 Cities Emerging From Drought

After more than five years of drought in the western United States, above-average precipitation during the fall and winter months has finally delivered relief in 2017. While careful evaluation of ...
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The Richest Town in Every State

In recent years, income inequality has taken a much more central role in the national discourse, and an increasingly-politicized one at that. While there are several potential explanations for this ...
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American Cities Where China Is Investing the Most

Chinese investment in the United States hit an all-time high in 2016. That year, Chinese companies invested $46 billion in the country, more than triple the $15 billion investment in ...
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The Most and Least Effective Birth Control Methods

The idea of contraception has been around for thousands of years as a way to prevent pregnancy. While some of the first written descriptions of contraception appear as early as ...
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Healthiest County in Every State

Average life expectancy for Americans can vary by as much as 15 years, depending on where one is born. While the average person born in Montgomery County, Maryland is expected ...
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America’s Richest (and Poorest) Towns

The typical U.S. household earned $53,889 in 2015, roughly $2,500 more than in 2009, when the typical household earned $51,425. While American incomes have risen substantially since the depths of ...
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Poorest Town in Every State

Approximately 46 million Americans live in poverty, according to the federal government. Tens of millions more do not live below the poverty line, but nonetheless face financial difficulties living in ...
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10 Best States for Immigrants

The California State Senate passed a bill in April that provides a number of protections to immigrants in the state in light of recent crackdowns by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ...
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Countries Spending the Most on War

The United States spent $611 billion on its military last year, up slightly from about $596 billion the year prior. American military spending dwarfs that of every other nation in ...
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10 Most Counterfeited Products in America

Every year, more than 275 million containers enter the United States by boat, truck, rail, and air. Last year, U.S. law enforcement agencies seized a total of 31,560 shipments containing ...
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The Best (and Worst) Jobs in America

The U.S. economy is constantly evolving. So, too, is the U.S. job market. Some occupations that were once high paying and relatively stable are now fading from the economic landscape, ...
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States Investing the Most and Least in Children

Most Americans agree that it is important to provide children with ample opportunities for success, regardless of where they live. To this end, state and local government budgets include ...
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Countries With the Fastest Growing and Shrinking Militaries

The United States military remains the largest force on the planet. The superpower’s 2016 military expenditure of $611 billion was equivalent to approximately 36% of all global military spending. U.S. ...
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