Monday, March 23, 2015
The cities where houses are suddenly going underwater
"Despite an overall housing recovery, it’s suddenly becoming more common in several of the nation’s largest cities for homeowners to owe more on their home than it’s worth.
The national negative equity rate, which had declined for 2 1/2 years, stalled in the fourth quarter of 2014 at 16.9 percent, according to a new report from Zillow.
Negative equity refers to when a homeowner owes more a mortgage than the value of the home if sold on the market."
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Alcohol consumption by country
"China’s remarkable economic growth has created a middle class with cash to spend, and plenty of that disposable income appears to be going to alcohol.
In 1978, China’s per capita booze consumption was 2.5 liters of pure alcohol per year. By 2010, that figure was 6.7 liters. Making things more dramatic, more than half of the Chinese population aged over 15 years old—42% of men and 71% of women—are teetotallers."
The Largest Employer In Each State
"In each state, there is one company that employs the most people. As a state’s largest employer, the company may have a disproportionately large impact on its economy as well as on the surrounding region. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from a range of sources in order to identify the largest employers in each state."
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Best Swimming Spot in Every State
"As the weather starts to warm up, we start to think about the best ways to cool off. And what better way to refresh, rejuvenate and relax in warmer temps than a dip in a pool of clear, tranquil water?
From old-fashioned swimming holes (complete with rope swing) and natural waterslides to hidden waterfall oases, hot springs and picturesque lakes, we round up the best swimming spots in every state for the ultimate soak across America. Some are stunning natural wonders, some are jewels of the state park system and others are man-made attractions, but all these spots conjure images of sun-kissed days and family-friendly fun."
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Bartenders Per Capita By State
"With St. Patrick's Day festivities set to kick off on Tuesday, one of the most popular drinking days of the year could mean long lines at your local bar. But some cities are more equipped to manage the revelers than others.
The Las Vegas metro area has the highest number of bartenders per capita, according to a recent study by the jobs site CareerBuilder. Sin City has about 5.5 bartenders per 1,000 residents, the study found."
Monday, March 16, 2015
22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another
"Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations.
That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting.
Joshua Katz, a Ph.D student of statistics at North Carolina State University, just published a group of awesome visualizations of Professor Bert Vaux and Scott Golder's linguistic survey, which looked at how Americans pronounce words (via detsl on /r/Linguistics)."
Saturday, March 14, 2015
How Much Do Waiters Really Earn In Tips? (by state)
"Gratuities, often paid in cash, are hard to track. A new report sheds light on an estimated $11 billion of annual unreported income."
Unemployment Duration in the US, 1950-2015
"America's Unemployment Insurance Programs Need to Be Reimagined. For some workers, the recession produced historically long stretches of joblessness. A new Brookings study suggests ways to counteract that."
Friday, March 13, 2015
Here's How Long It'll Take To Close The Gender Wage Gap In Each State
"The gender pay gap is alive and well everywhere in America, but it's more alive in some states than in others.
It will take 144 years before Wyoming women working full time and year-round make the same as their male counterparts on average, according to an analysis from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a think tank focused on women’s economic issues. By contrast, women living in Florida should see the gender pay gap close there in 23 years."
State of the World: Nuclear Arsenals of the World
"Having reached a peak in the late 1980s, the number of nuclear warheads has dropped significantly. But more countries now possess them."
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
health of Americans by state
The Most Dangerous States in America
"The number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4% in 2013 compared to the year before, according to estimates released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the last decade, the number of violent crimes declined by nearly 15%.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
State of the World: Are you ignorant about the world?
"The world is spinning so fast that it can be hard to keep track of everything that is going on. Yet despite the fact that we can feel like we are being increasingly overloaded with information, it's not clear that we're doing a very good job of making sense of all that data we're receiving."
More information: http://www.gapminder.org
Sunday, March 08, 2015
We counted literally every road in America. Here's what we learned.
"In 1993, the U.S. Census released tally of the 76 most common street names in America. For well over 20 years, this was pretty much the only list that anyone had."
Saturday, March 07, 2015
The Least Segregated Cities in America
"A few weeks ago, we published a chart ranking the largest cities in America
by the diversity of its top-line demographics. We simplified these demographics down to five major racial/ethnic groups, and the closer they were to being in a 1:1:1:1:1 ratio with each other, the more diverse the city was.
But, there was a problem with this. "
Friday, March 06, 2015
Worker's Compensation by State - for a severed limb
"If you suffer a permanent injury on the job, you’re typically entitled to compensation for the damage to your body and your future lost wages. But depending on the state, benefits for the same body part can differ dramatically."
Monday, March 02, 2015
50 Years Of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map
"Fifty years ago, nearly a third of U.S. workers belonged to a union. Today, it's one in 10. But the decline has not been the same for every state. Here is a map showing how union membership has changed across the country."
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