States

An alarming number of high-profile mass shootings in the last decade, from Columbine to Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Orlando, have reignited the debate over gun control in the United States....
Thomas C. Frohlich
There are serious health risks — including weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease — associated with soda and sugary drink consumption. Partially as a result, the American soft-drink...
Samuel Stebbins
Nationwide, beer consumption per capita has declined by roughly 4% since 2011. Still, beer is big business in the United States.The beer industry generates $252.6 billion in economic output each...
Samuel Stebbins, Michael B. Sauter
Mississippi has the most obese residents of any of the 50 states. As a by-product, cases of diabetes and the costs of health care are high, along with premature deaths.
Douglas A. McIntyre
New Hampshire spends the least on public higher education among America's 50 states. In most states in which this is true, tuitions are high.
Douglas A. McIntyre
In the past five years, the United States has added roughly 12.3 million jobs, an increase of 9.3%. Unemployment is currently close to an eight-year low. The vast majority of states have added jobs...
Steven M. Peters, Michael B. Sauter
Once introduced, cars quickly became part of America’s culture — but with the automobile also came driver, passenger, and pedestrian traffic fatalities. Per capita traffic fatalities,...
Steven M. Peters
24/7 Wall St. recently examined the business environment in all 50 states. The bottom 10 are particularly difficult for those companies that are based in them.
Douglas A. McIntyre
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, food, and services, vary considerably...
Thomas C. Frohlich, Steven M. Peters
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 to keep and...
Thomas C. Frohlich, Steven M. Peters
The U.S. Supreme Court issued in March a split vote on a decision that, if passed, would have prevented public sector unions from requiring non-union government workers to pay union fees. This split...
Michael B. Sauter, Samuel Stebbins
Source: ThinkstockAs unemployment dropped to 4.9% in February, three states had unemployment rates of under 3%. They were New Hampshire at 2.7%, South Dakota at 2.7%, and North Dakota at 2.9%.Many...
Douglas A. McIntyre
The unemployment level in the United States in February was less than 5%. Alaska and five other states lagged well behind that.
Douglas A. McIntyre
While the 2015 average U.S. national unemployment rate sat at 5.3%, the rate among African Americans was 9.6%.
Douglas A. McIntyre
Eight hours of sleep. That is the rule most often mentioned as the measure of a good night’s sleep. Some people claim they can get by on less, and for a few, much less. And their claims might...
Douglas A. McIntyre