Special Report

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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States With the Highest (and Lowest) Gas Prices

The price of gas, a necessity for most Americans, tends to be somewhat unpredictable. The common, often erratic, fluctuations are due to basic supply and demand factors, but the ...
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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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Retailers Closing the Most Stores

This March, for the second time in just over two years, RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has already made plans to close more than 500 stores nationwide. ...
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Best Cities for Waiters and Waitresses

Waiting tables is one of the most common occupations in the United States. There are 2.5 million waiters and waitresses nationwide, often working for low wages and customer tips. Earning ...
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The Most (and Least) Dependable Car Brands

Whether it is a dead car battery discovered at the beginning of a commute to work or broken air conditioning in the middle of summer, unreliable vehicles can create unpleasant ...
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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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The Largest Employer in Every State

Most state economies are relatively diverse, yet it is not uncommon for a single industry to have an outsized impact on the state's economy and labor market. In some cases, ...
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American Cities Getting the Most Exercise

Only about one in five adults meet the federal guidelines for both aerobic and strength-focused exercise. Perhaps even more concerning, nearly one in four Americans fail to get any exercise ...
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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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States Getting the Most (and Least) Sleep

More than one in three adults in America are getting less sleep than they need. While insufficient sleep is often considered normal, it can have dramatic effects on a population’s ...
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States With the Longest (and Shortest) Life Expectancy

America spent an estimated $9,451 per person on healthcare in 2015, by far the most of any country. However, among wealthy, industrialized nations, the U.S. has the largest share of ...
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The County With the Most Expensive Housing Market in Every State

Home prices are higher today than they were before the housing bubble. Because incomes have increased at a slower pace than housing prices, however, housing affordability has actually declined. Housing ...
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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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