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5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

10 Most Fun Cities in US (After the Obvious)

Orlando follows No. 1 Las Vegas

(Newser) - The US city deemed as the place to have the most fun is ... well, yeah, Vegas. A new ranking by WalletHub takes into account all kinds of factors—nightlife, restaurants, movie theaters, festivals, playgrounds, etc.—and puts Las Vegas as No. 1. Maybe more surprising is that a city... More »

The 10 US Cities Where Poverty Hits Hard

Texas claims 4 of them

(Newser) - Last year, 13.4% of all Americans lived below the poverty line—a 0.6-percentage point drop from 2016. But many pockets in the US still struggle, and 24/7 Wall St. mined data from the US Census Bureau to see which metropolitan areas are dealing with the highest poverty rates.... More »

Here Are the 5 Most, Least Valuable College Majors

Actuarial science will likely position you well; the fine arts may be more of a crapshoot

(Newser) - It's desirable to do what you love for a living—but it helps if what you love pays decently. Bankrate did its due diligence for future college students, looking at US Census Bureau data for 162 degrees that ended up producing labor forces of at least 15,000 people,... More »

'America's Best College' Is Named

Harvard tops list in 'Wall Street Journal' rankings

(Newser) - "Hidden gems" emerge in an annual ranking of US colleges, a collaboration between the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, though the school taking the top spot for a second year in a row is far from hidden—it's called Harvard. Factoring in resources, engagement, environment, and... More »

NYC No Longer Has the Most Super-Rich People

That honor transfers to Hong Kong

(Newser) - Looking to hobnob with the rich but not necessarily famous? Although New York City used to be where you'd be find the largest population of super-rich people in the world, Hong Kong has taken over the top spot this year, CNNMoney notes. That's per a new report from... More »

This Apple Finally Dethroned Red Delicious

Gala to be most popular apple in US in 2018

(Newser) - For at least five decades, the Red Delicious was the most popular apple in the US, dominating grocery selection. But no longer: This year, US growers are projected to produce 51.7 million boxes of Red Delicious apples and 52.4 million boxes of Gala apples, thus giving Galas the... More »

7 Plants That Could Save You From Hunger

Stuck in the wild without food? Look down

(Newser) - Don't pull a Michael Scott and eat the first mushroom you find if you're stuck in the wilderness without food. To help you make it out alive, Live Science rounds up the most common edible plants found in the continental US. Luckily, they cover a variety of landscapes,... More »

Highest-Paid Female Athletes Don't Come Close to the Men

3 male athletes each made more than top 10 women athletes' combined earnings for 2018

(Newser) - A quick perusal of Forbes' list of the highest-earning female athletes of 2018 reveals why women were so upset with this male-dominated list . If all 10 combined their earnings, they wouldn't touch the highest-paid male athlete. Or the runner-up. Or the third-place finisher. As expected, Serena Williams leads the... More »

5 Best, 5 Worst States to Have a Baby

Good news, Vermont

(Newser) - Expecting a baby is both exciting ... and expensive. The average conventional delivery in the US costs more than $10,000 (though your insurance determines how much of that will come out of your pocket), and then, of course, there are all the things you'll need once the baby has... More »

10 Most Influential Women in History

Marie Curie comes in at No. 1 and Rosa Parks No. 2 in 'BBC History Magazine' poll

(Newser) - BBC History Magazine recently tapped experts in 10 different fields to winnow down the world's greatest female contributors over the centuries into a favorites list. The magazine then took those results and asked its readers to send in their votes for the most influential women throughout history. Writers,... More »

5 US Cities With Most, Least 'Nice' Days

The top 5 all fall in one state

(Newser) - "Nice" weather may differ depending on taste (some people just can't get enough of an all-day thunderstorm). The Washington Post has applied its own definition—including at least partial sun, temperate thermometer readings, gentle breezes, no rain or snow, and not much humidity—and looked at which major... More »

This City Is the Smartest in America—by Far

Michigan's Ann Arbor nabs No. 1 spot on WalletHub list of most educated metro areas

(Newser) - Where do people in the know live, work, and play? WalletHub examines the educational levels in America's 150 most populated metro areas, looking at nearly a dozen metrics in the "Educational Attainment" and "Quality of Education and Attainment Gap" categories—to wit, what diplomas or degrees a... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

Science Decrees the Most Danceable Songs

Timbaland is on top in new analysis

(Newser) - It's got a good beat and you can dance to it. Researchers have taken that old line to a whole new level with a study published in the American Sociological Review , reports Quartz . You can dig into the particulars here , but the upshot is that researchers from the Columbia... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Call Home

The West Coast looks good

(Newser) - Thinking of setting down roots and only a major metropolis will do? WalletHub took a close look at the 62 biggest cities in the US (those with at least 300,000 people) to see which ones offer the most attractive options, pitting the pros against the cons of urban living.... More »

5 Most, Least Violent States

Louisiana and Maine are on opposite ends

(Newser) - The most violent US states tend to be in the South. They also tend to have the least restrictive gun laws in the country. That's according to 24/7 Wall St. , which determined the most and least violent of all 50 states based on the rate of murder, other violent... More »

In One Hip 'Hood, 'Serious Wes Anderson Vibes'

'Forbes' has a list of the coolest neighborhoods in the world

(Newser) - Where do all the cool kids hang out? Forbes thinks it's got that figured out with its list of some of the hippest, most happening neighborhoods around the globe, culled from travel experts. These are districts that aren't necessarily crammed with the most famous landmarks or where you'... More »

In Presidential Rankings, There's a New No. 1

Nearly half of all Americans say No. 44 was best president of their lives in Pew survey

(Newser) - Ask Americans who the best president has been in their lifetimes, and one man ranks significantly above all others—though he didn't always. Barack Obama won the top spot in the Pew Research Center survey, based on phone interviews with 2,000 US adults during the week of June... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities for Getting Behind the Wheel

Florida, Texas, and North Carolina all offer appealing options

(Newser) - "Comfort and reliability" are two of the reasons people cite for using their cars instead of mass transit to get around—but in some parts of the country, the driving commute is neither comfortable nor reliable. WalletHub looked at the 100 most populated cities in the US across four... More »

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