Special Report

John Harvard Statue

States Investing the Most in Higher Education

The total cost of attending college in the United States has risen dramatically in recent decades -- faster than inflation and faster than wage growth.Government investments in public higher education ...
Read Full Story »

The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

In 1940, 20.2% of U.S. homes were overcrowded, according to the Census Bureau. By 2000, that figure had fallen to just 5.7%. For many reasons, Americans today have more room ...
Read Full Story »
Old abandoned house

Poorest Town in Every State

Incomes in the United States are far from uniform. A typical household in Scarsdale, New York earns nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year, or more than 13 ...
Read Full Story »
Overweight Young Man Stands in a Fast Food Restaurant Eating a Bag of Chips

States With the Highest Obesity

Obesity has been associated with some of the nation’s biggest killers -- cancer, heart disease and diabetes. All have been closely linked to obesity. According to the National Cancer Institute, ...
Read Full Story »
Lake Meade Drought

9 Counties Running Out Of Water

This week, California lifted some -- but not all -- of its statewide restrictions on urban water use. This comes as Lake Mead's water level, affected by the same dry ...
Read Full Story »
GM Hedquarter in Detroit

The Biggest Company the Year You Were Born

To succeed in the U.S. economy, companies must constantly adapt to changing conditions. Some of the nation’s largest corporations -- conglomerates such as General Electric (NYSE: GE), Exxon Mobil (NYSE: ...
Read Full Story »
Lightning square

7 States With the Most Dangerous Weather

Nearly 3,000 people have been killed in the United States in the last five years because of weather-related events and conditions. Extreme weather events, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and extreme ...
Read Full Story »
Happy Business workers copy

25 Cities to Find Great Jobs

When thinking of relocation, Americans consider an area's job prospects as among the most important factors. While other factors such as the school system or the cost of housing may ...
Read Full Story »
Search and rescue workers, natural disaster

The States Least Prepared for Natural Disaster

From hurricanes to disease outbreaks to wildfires, some part of the United States is usually facing an imminent natural disaster that could potentially endanger lives and cost millions of dollars. ...
Read Full Story »
Identity Theft

10 States With the Most Identity Theft

Identity theft -- when a criminal steals personal information such as a social security or credit card number -- remains one of the most popular scams in the United States. ...
Read Full Story »
Graduation, graduate cap

States With the Most Student Debt

Today’s graduating class will carry more debt than any other class in history. The average student loan debt at graduation rose from $18,550 in 2004 to $28,950 in 2014, a ...
Read Full Story »
cheers, people drinking beer

The Drunkest (and Driest) Cities in America

Alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related liver diseases are major contributors to the recently identified spike in mortality among middle aged, white Americans. Alcohol is the fourth leading cause of preventable death ...
Read Full Story »
One Dollar

The Value of a Dollar in Every State

While a dollar bill looks and feels the same all over the United States, its value is often very different depending on where it is used. The prices of housing, ...
Read Full Story »
Holding gun square

Easiest States to Buy a Gun

The second amendment, which was passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, states, "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people ...
Read Full Story »
thumbs up

Companies With the Best (and Worst) Reputations

Automaker Volkswagen now has the worst reputation of any major company in the United States. E-retailer Amazon.com has the best reputation, and Apple moved into second place, beating rival Samsung, ...
Read Full Story »