Author Archives: Evan Comen

The Largest Company in Every State

The United States is home to some of the largest global companies. Of the world's 50 largest public companies by revenue, 21 are based in the United States, including five ...
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17 Ways Young People Die

In 2015, the U.S. life expectancy decreased for the first time since 1993. In addition to a significant increase in overall deaths from heart disease, some researchers noted an increase ...
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50 Worst American Cities to Live In

Quality of life in an American city often depends on the neighborhood one lives in, as abject poverty and crime can be found just blocks away from prosperity. Still, as ...
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Cities Where It’s Easiest to Get Away With Murder

America’s police departments closed the book on 61.5% of all reported homicides in 2015. Police devote more time and resources to violent crime, and the clearance rate for homicide is ...
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Highest Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree

The college enrollment rate has fallen in recent years, and many high school graduates are looking for lucrative opportunities that do not require four years of college tuition. While the ...
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Best (and Worst) States to Be Unemployed

While the U.S. unemployment rate has steadily improved since the Great Recession, millions of Americans remain out of work. Every week, hundreds of thousands of the nation’s jobless apply ...
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The Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) State Economies

After years of rapid post-recession economic growth, the U.S. economy has begun to cool off. The nation’s GDP rose by 1.5% in 2016, slower than the 2.6% increase in 2015 ...
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Counties Going Hungry in Every State

American consumers and retailers waste an estimated 133 billion pounds of food annually. While the nation’s food waste amounts to nearly $162 billion a year, tens of millions of Americans ...
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15 Commercial Products Invented by the Military

The U.S. military spent $178 billion on research, development, and procurement in the 2016 fiscal year. While most funds invested in new military capabilities are spent on major weapons programs, ...
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The Drunkest (and Driest) Cities in America

The subject of two constitutional amendments and the pillar of a major U.S. industry, alcohol is inextricably tied to America’s political and commercial history. On an individual level, alcohol is ...
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25 Counties With the Widest Income Gaps

The gap between the rich and poor has continued to widen in the United States. While the wealthiest 5% of U.S. households earn at least $203,000 annually, the bottom 20% ...
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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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