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The Best (and Worst) States for Business

While the United States was founded on the principle of equality for all people, the 50 states are decidedly unequal in providing opportunities for business. For companies choosing to locate ...
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New Home Sales Flatten in January

The U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday morning released data on new single-family home sales for January 2015. Sales ticked down 0.2% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000 from ...
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America’s 50 Coldest Cities

With nearly a month of winter left, 2015 is already the coldest winter since 1979. Cities as far south as Washington, D.C., have seen subzero temperatures while others have been ...
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New Housing Starts, Building Permits Decline in January

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Wednesday morning that new housing starts in January 2015 slipped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...
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The Cities Where No One Wants to Drive

Roads are the arteries of the nation, and the automobile has been the centerpiece of American culture for decades. Despite Americans’ love for their cars, however, the rush hours are ...
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Cities Where Crime Is Plummeting

The United States is becoming safer, with crime levels dropping nearly every year, recently. Between 1991 and 2013, the U.S. violent crime rate has fallen by nearly 52%. Since 2009, ...
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10 States With the Worst Taxes for Average Americans

While a certain degree of income inequality might be expected, the difference between rich and poor Americans has grown dramatically in recent years. As of 2013, the wealthiest 20% of ...
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The Richest County in Each State

In his recent State of the Union address, president Barack Obama asked, “will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ...
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2014 New Home Sales Rise to 6-Year High

The U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday morning released data on new single-family home sales for December. Sales jumped 11.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000 from a downwardly revised ...
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The Best States to Grow Old In

The U.S. elderly population is growing rapidly. The number of Americans 65 and older grew from 35 million in 2000 to 41.4 million in 2011 and to an estimated 44.7 ...
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The Worst States to Grow Old In

The U.S. elderly population has grown exponentially in recent decades. The number of Americans 65 and older grew from 35 million in 2000 to 41.4 million in 2011 and to ...
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States Where the Middle Class Is Dying

The American economy is by many measures well on the road to full recovery. The national unemployment rate was 6.2% in 2013, down from 9.3% in 2009; U.S. gross domestic ...
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New Housing Starts Rise, Building Permits Drop in December

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Tuesday morning that new housing starts in December rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.089 ...
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The Poorest County in Each State

In each state, there was at least one county with a median annual household income more than $7,000 lower than the state's median income. Virginia and Maryland had counties with ...
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November New Construction Spending Unexpectedly Drops

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday morning that construction spending in November decreased by 0.3% to an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of $975 billion from the revised estimate of ...
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