Author Archives: Michael B. Sauter

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The States With the Best and Worst Economies

By several measures, the national economy is the strongest it has been in decades. The U.S. monthly unemployment rate now sits comfortably below 4%, and we are in the second ...
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47 Hottest Phones of All Time

More than three quarters of Americans own a smartphone and 95% of Americans have a cell phone of some kind, according to Pew Research Center. As phone technology has progressed ...
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Cities Where Incomes Are Growing the Fastest

Income in the United States tends to grow more rapidly in and around major cities than in more rural areas. Real personal income in U.S. metro areas increased by 1.3% ...
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Weirdest Job in Every State

Most people need to work for a living, but that doesn’t mean they have to take conventional jobs. The United States economy has a highly diverse set of industries and ...
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Worst Cities to Raise Children

The U.S. high school graduation rate rose last year, a sign education systems across the country are finding greater success in preparing children for the future. Finishing school is just ...
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32 Fastest Growing Jobs Dominated by Women

Not that long ago, opportunities for women in the workforce were quite limited. Secretarial and clerical work, nursing, jobs in textiles and in service were expected positions for women, ...
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Cities Where the Fewest People Graduate High School

U.S. high school graduation rates have risen steadily over the past five years, reaching 84% for the 2015-2016 school year. Encouragingly, rates rose across all income levels, and even ...
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Cities Where the Most People Graduate High School

U.S. high school graduation rates have risen steadily over the past five years, reaching 84% for the 2015-2016 school year. Encouragingly, rates rose across all income levels, and even ...
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25 Surprising Facts About the US Census

The U.S. Census Bureau celebrates its birthday on August 2. It was 228 years ago, in 1790, that Congress, then in its second year, assigned 350 marshals the responsibility of ...
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Wildfires Are Burning These 14 States Right Now

There are currently 88 wildfires burning across the country in 14 states. Almost 200,000 acres are currently ablaze, an area roughly equivalent to all five boroughs of New York City, ...
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12 States Where High School Students Have the Riskiest Behaviors

Teenagers are often stereotyped as being impulsive, reckless, and prone to risky behavior. The reality is more nuanced -- adolescents are generally less likely than adults to risk the contempt ...
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What It Costs to Run Prisons in Your State

Nearly 1.5 million Americans were incarcerated in state prisons in 2016. That same year, U.S. states spent about $58 billion to keep these people locked up. How much each state ...
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What Your State Spends on Your Health

In 2015, state governments across the country spent a combined $605 billion on health care, or about $1,880 per resident. The physical and mental well-being of the population is ...
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States With the Best Retirement Funding

State governments spent close to $39 billion, or about $120 per capita, on retirement funding in 2015. For decades, the funding and distribution of pension funds for state government ...
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How Your State Funds Welfare and Where It Goes

U.S. state governments spent about $390 billion on the welfare of their residents in 2015. Welfare represents about 26% of total state spending, the largest form of state-level spending ...
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