Author Archives: Samuel Stebbins

States Where Poverty is Worse Than You Think

Most agree the poor deserve public help. But where should the line dividing poor from non-poor be set? The U.S. government answered this question in 1963 by by setting official ...
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The Drunkest City in Every State

Excessive drinking claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year and is responsible for about 1 in every 10 deaths among working age adults. Alcohol abuse also ...
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30 American Ghost Towns

In the wake of the ongoing housing recovery, a new problem has arisen: a shortage of homes for sale. But while this might be the problem in most of the ...
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America’s Best States to Live In

Most Americans do not choose where they grow up and often end up living in the same place as adults, either for financial reasons or because of social and familial ...
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Most Dangerous States in America

In the United States, violent crime is classified as aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and homicide. Nationwide, there were 397 violent crimes for every 100,000 Americans in 2016 -- up from ...
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Top Public Middle School in Every State

When it comes to American public schools, early childhood education and high school achievement tend to dominate the conversation -- while middle school quality tends to take a backseat. Despite ...
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The Next 15 States to Legalize Marijuana

A record high 64% of Americans support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a 2017 Gallup Poll. Support for legalization is rooted in changing perceptions of the drug’s potential ...
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Companies Paying Americans the Least

The federal government increased the national minimum hourly wage from $6.55 to $7.25 in 2009. Washington has not made any changes since. While many states have implemented their own minimum ...
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Retailers Hiring the Most for the Holidays

The holiday season is the period from late November until early January. The season is a boon for retailers, with total holiday spending in the United States topping $626 billion ...
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America’s Richest Cities

Incomes in the United States have been rising in recent years. The median household income rose to $59,039 last year, up 3.2% from 2015 and one of the highest incomes ...
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The Price of Beer the Year You Were Born

If you think the recent growth of beer culture with its craft beers and micro breweries is something new, think again. Americans have always loved beer. Our country’s first president ...
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Worst Cities to Drive

Having a car inspires feelings of freedom and conjures images of the open road. But the reality of being an auto owner can be an entirely different experience. High gas ...
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Colleges Where Applications Are on the Rise

The U.S. job market is becoming increasingly competitive, and a college degree may be more necessary today than ever before. Rising educational attainment among American adults partially reflects the changing ...
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50 Worst Horror Films of All Time

Bad films have their own place in the pantheon of horror movies. For some genre fans, bad acting, confusing plots, and schlocky effects enhance the movie-watching experience. Yet for most ...
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50 Best Horror Films of All Time

Horror films have existed for nearly as long as motion pictures have been around. Beginning with French director Georges Méliès’s 1896 film “The Haunted Castle,” audiences have sought the thrill ...
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