Author Archives: Samuel Stebbins

America’s Fastest Shrinking Cities

The U.S. population grew by less than 1% last year, among the slowest rates in decades. Metropolitan areas continue to grow faster than rural areas. Still, among the nation’s 381 ...
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America’s Fastest Growing Cities

The U.S. population grew by less than 1% last year, among the slowest rates in decades. While nationwide population growth was slow, the trend of Americans moving from rural areas ...
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Universities Getting the Most Money from the Federal Government

The cost of a higher education -- which can often help fund world-class research, academic instruction, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities -- is infamously high in the United States. Tuition and ...
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States With No Income Tax

The U.S. government collects a portion of every working American’s paycheck. States are free to levy an additional income tax. While taxes on individual incomes are a significant source of ...
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Worst Paying Jobs For Women

March is women’s history month -- to recognize the achievements of women everywhere, as well as to continue the work towards equality. While significant progress has been made in the ...
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25 Highest Paying Jobs

Wages of middle- and low-income earners increased in 2016 faster than wages of the highest earners. However, this increase does not come close to closing our nation’s income gap. The ...
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States With Highest and Lowest Taxes

In the U.S. federalist system, each state government decides how to generate revenue -- that is, which taxes to collect, and how. No state tax code is identical, and largely ...
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25 Worst Tasting Beers in America

Personal taste, by definition, is largely subjective. But when it comes to beer, while everyone may have a different favorite, there is broad consensus on which beers are the worst. ...
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10 Disappearing Car Brands

The automobile is at once a symbol of American ingenuity and personal freedom as well as an indispensable tool for tens of millions of Americans. When it comes to choosing ...
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The Best and Worst States for Women: Ranking Gender Inequality in America

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women's Day. Women and men around the world will celebrate in support of gender equality and equal opportunity for all. Some will participate in organized protests ...
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The Happiest (and Most Miserable) Cities in America

In the United States Declaration of Independence, the pursuit of happiness is considered an inalienable right of all Americans. Finding happiness and fulfillment, however, is no easy feat, and some ...
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Companies With the Best (and Worst) Reputations

It came to light in September that Wells Fargo had fraudulently opened over 2 million credit card and banking accounts without approval from customers, allowing the bank to collect $2.6 ...
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States With the Most Unsheltered Homeless People

There were an estimated 550,000 homeless people across the United States in January 2016, nearly 15,000 fewer than there were in the first month of 2015, a 3% decline. The U.S. ...
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States Volunteering the Most

Some 62.6 million Americans volunteered a total of 7.8 billion hours in 2015. The total dollar value of volunteer time nationwide has been estimated at nearly $184 billion. While nationally, ...
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Countries Buying the Most Weapons From the US Government

The U.S. government sent nearly $10 billion worth of military vehicles and weapons systems to foreign governments last year. The United States is easily the largest exporter of arms in ...
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