Social Characteristics

Perhaps the most frequently cited bellwether of economic vitality is GDP growth. Rapid growth is indicative of a flourishing economy, while slow or negative growth suggests the opposite. Economic...
Samuel Stebbins
The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other large developed country — and without a single-payer national health care system, much of that spending is shouldered...
Samuel Stebbins
As of 2009, more than half of the world’s population lived in urban areas. By 2050, the U.N. projects that two out of every three people live in an urban area. This ongoing shift to big cities...
Grant Suneson, John Harrington
Property crimes — a category that includes burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny — are the most commonly reported crimes nationwide, according to the FBI. There were about 7.2...
Samuel Stebbins
Americans spent an average of $3,189 on food eaten away from home in 2017 (the last year for which figures are available), according to data site Statista. People aged 35 to 44 spent the most, an...
Colman Andrews
American culture and influence has spread globally since early in the last century, in part thanks to Hollywood. Be it Coca Cola, Nike, or rap music, people worldwide have adopted everything American...
Melly Alazraki
The American Dream is the idea that through sacrifice and hard work, a person from any background can attain success — typically characterized by upward economic mobility. While millions of...
Samuel Stebbins, Michael B. Sauter
Local governments bear some degree of responsibility for neighborhood safety, economic vitality, the presence and condition of public spaces, and a wide range of other amenities and services that...
Samuel Stebbins
For most of us, where we live is determined by only a few factors, including our proximity to family and friends, career demands, and where we have history.  While some of these less objective...
Samuel Stebbins
Each of the 50 states is a product of its own unique history, laws, culture, and geography. Indeed, no two states are exactly alike, and many of the attributes that make each state unique are a point...
Samuel Stebbins
The retirement-age population in the United States is projected to nearly double between 2018 and 2060. For many Americans entering their golden years, living somewhere that is warm — or...
Samuel Stebbins, Michael B. Sauter
Each of the 50 states is a product of its own unique history, laws, culture, and geography. Indeed, no two states are exactly alike, and many of the attributes that make each state unique are a point...
Samuel Stebbins
Each of the 50 states is a product of its own unique history, laws, culture, and geography. Indeed, no two states are exactly alike, and many of the attributes that make each state unique are a point...
Michael B. Sauter, Samuel Stebbins
The retirement-age population in the United States is projected to nearly double between 2018 and 2060. For many Americans entering their golden years, living somewhere that is warm — or...
Samuel Stebbins, Michael B. Sauter
The retirement-age population in the United States is projected to nearly double between 2018 and 2060. For many Americans entering their golden years, living somewhere that is warm — or...
Samuel Stebbins, Michael B. Sauter