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The Healthiest City in Every State

 The long debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has, if nothing else, put the spotlight on the poor state of the country’s health and health care system. The United ...
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Unemployment Well Above 6% in Several States, West Virginia at 7.5%

While U.S. unemployment rate has dropped to 5.3% and the economy adds roughly 200,00 new jobs a month, several states have maintained unemployment rates much closer to what the higher ...
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The Largest Company in Each State

The largest companies in the United States are almost all concentrated in major metropolitan areas. Nearly one in 10 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in New York City. The five ...
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The Next 11 States to Legalize Marijuana

 Marijuana prohibition is entering its 78th year. Colorado’s marijuana law went into effect at the beginning of last year in the wake of changing attitudes. Compared to 1969, when only ...
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The Hardest States to Find Full-Time Work

The U.S. labor market has improved considerably since the depths of the recession in 2009. However, traditional measures of the labor market may not always tell the full story. Despite ...
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States Where Unemployment Is Still Above 7%

As U.S. unemployment falls toward 5% and the economy adds close to 200,000 jobs a month, the recovery remains extremely uneven, with two states at or above 7% and a ...
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How Obamacare Increased Insurance Coverage in Every State

President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010, and open enrollment for all Americans began on October 1, 2013. While the ultimate ...
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The Most (and Least) Expensive States to Drive

Owning a car is expensive. There are maintenance costs to consider, insurance to pay, and of course, gas. Several factors could affect these costs going forward. For one, if legislatures ...
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9 States With the Most Dangerous Weather

Despite a historically slow start to tornado season in 2015, more than 400 tornadoes were reported in May alone, roughly double the average in recent years. May was also the ...
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The 10 Most Oil-Rich States

Oil futures fell last week, the biggest weekly decline since March, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that U.S. oil and gas inventories unexpectedly rose the week before. ...
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10 States With the Most Hate Groups

Sexual orientation, race, religious affiliation, and other, often immutable, characteristics are still the basis for discrimination and violence in the United States. While the organized hatred of entire groups of ...
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The Most Expensive Town in Each State

 The prices of goods and services -- whether they are essential such as housing, food, and medical care or luxury items such as tobacco and sports equipment -- vary widely ...
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States Drinking the Most Beer

About 213,029 barrels of beer, or 6.6 billion gallons, were shipped into the United States in 2013, down slightly from the year before. U.S. beer shipments, used to capture consumption ...
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Drought Expected to Worsen in the West

While there are pockets of abnormally dry areas east of the Rocky Mountains, nearly all of the United States west of the Rockies is expecting drought conditions to persist or ...
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States With the Fastest (and Slowest) Growing Economies

The U.S. economy grew 2.2% in 2014, largely on gains in the professional, scientific and technical services sector. Last year's growth was up from a 1.9% GDP growth rate in ...
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