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Investing in schools Different states have different methods and standards for schooling. It should come as no surprise that the amount they spend on schools can vary quite a lot. These are the states with the highest per-student expenditure. The figures given are from 2015, the last year for which we have comprehensive figures. Rank State… Read more
The table below shows the ascending ranking of states compiled by WalletHub.com based on 25 key safety metrics including number of assaults per capita, unemployment rate, and estimated losses from climate disasters. In an era where violent shootings make the news on a frequent basis, the workforce is highly mobile and people are looking for new… Read more
Food service workers rank as the lowest earners in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rank Occupation 1. Combined food preparation and serving workers 2. Shampooers 3. Cooks, fast food 4. Dishwashers 5. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 6. Waiters and… Read more
Anesthesiologists and surgeons rank as the highest earners in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rank Occupation 1. Psychiatrists 2. Anesthesiologists 3. Obstetricians and gynecologists 4. Surgeons 5. Orthodontists 6. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 7. Family and general… Read more
Throughout U.S. history, there have been several close presidential races. This top ten closest U.S. presidential elections list is based on the combination of popular vote, electoral vote, and states carried by each candidate. Note about 2016: ironically, despite the mismatched results, neither the Popular Vote nor the Electoral Vote were… Read more
The United States is 50.8% female. There are only ten states in which men outnumber women. Find the rankings below for 2014, the last year for which we have comprehensive statistics. 2014 rank State Male percentage of total population 1. Alaska 52.56% 2. North Dakota 51.25% 3. Wyoming 51.02% 4. Hawaii 50… Read more
The United States is 50.8% female. Women outnumber men in 40 states. Find the top ten female states below as of 2014, the last year for which we have comprehensive numbers. 2014 rank State Female percentage of total population 1. District of Columbia 52.55% 2. Delaware 51.61% 3. Alabama 51.54% 4. Rhode… Read more
Nationally, the median age is 38.2 years. Utah is the youngest state in the union, with a median age of 30.5 years. Here are the top ten youngest states in 2018, the last year for which we have comprehensive numbers. 2018 rank State Median age 1. Utah 31.0 2. District of Columbia 34.0 3. Alaska 34.6 4. Texas… Read more
The following table lists the top ten most livable states in the U.S. in 2018 based on social and economic metrics. Thanks in part to high levels of wealth and education, Massachusetts ranks first; Mississippi comes in at number 50. 2018 Rank State 1. Massachusetts 2. Minnesota 3. New Hampshire 4. New Jersey 5.… Read more
Nationally, the median age is 38.2 years. Maine is the oldest state in the union, with a median age of 44.9 years. Here are the top ten oldest states in 2018, the last year for which we have comprehensive statistics.  2018 rank State Median age 1. Maine 44.9 2. New Hampshire 43.0 3. Vermont 42.8 4. West… Read more
Here are the most challenging U.S. cities to live in during spring allergies. Several factors are involved in ranking these cities, including pollen scores, number of allergists per patient, and number of allergy medicines prescribed. The list is released annually by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 2020 Rank City 1.… Read more
See your state's policy on fireworks by Mark Hughes Related Links Fireworks Facts Pyrotechnics John Smith     Each state has its own policies and laws concerning consumer fireworks (formerly class C fireworks). Some states have a total ban on all consumer fireworks, while others allow the sale of some or all.… Read more
      Grab your sparklers and look skyward—the Fourth of July is almost upon us. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Begun during the American Revolution, it has been America's most important patriotic holiday ever since. July 4th Fun Stuff Quizzes… Read more
Here are the 50 states in descending order of total population. The U.S. States are all quite different from each other. So, it should be no surprise that they have very different population estimates. And, as the population of the United States has continued to grow, the state populations are changing all the time.  It's not a state, but we've… Read more
A Nation of Immigrants The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. The first wave of immigrants to colonial America, from England, France, Germany, and other northern European countries, were fleeing political and religious intolerance as well as seeking financial opportunities in the young country. Even then, the new arrivals faced open hostility and… Read more
A detailed look at immigration legislation from the Colonial Period to the present 1790–1850 1851–1900 1901–1950 1951–1980 1981–present 1790 The Naturalization Act of 1790, the country's first naturalization statute, says that unindentured white males must live in the U.S… Read more
Read about some of the most significant riots in U.S. history   1898: Wilmington, North Carolina While Democrats held power at the state level in North Carolina, a coalition of white Republicans and African Americans controlled politics in Wilmington, in 1898. A group of Democrats sought to remove blacks from the political scene and… Read more
A detailed look at immigration in the U.S. from the colonial period to the present Immigrants having an eye exam at Ellis Island.Source: Library of Congress The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. The first wave of immigrants to colonial America, from England, France, Germany, and other northern European countries, were fleeing political… Read more
Find the airports that process the most cargo of all U.S. American hubs FedEx cargo plane in flight AP Photo/Nick Ut       Airport Code  Cargo 1 Memphis International Airport MEM 23,949,525,780 2 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport ANC 17,337,337,377 3 Louisville International Airport SDF… Read more
Frequent fliers beware, the airports below process the most passengers in North America Atlanta is the busiest airport AP Photo/David Goldman   Airport Total passengers 1. Atlanta, Ga. (ATL) 110,531,300 2. Los Angeles, Calif. (LAX) 88,068,012 3. Chicago, Ill. (ORD) 84,649,115 4. Dallas/Ft. Worth,… Read more