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10 Least Visited National Parks

Alaska has a few

(Newser) - The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week, and you can mark the occasion by visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which spans North Carolina and Tennessee. With 10 million annual visitors, it is by far the most visited of all the national parks, notes National Geographic... More »

World's Highest-Paid Actor: Ex-WWE Star 'The Rock'

With $64.5M paycheck; Jennifer Lawrence tops women actors with $46M

(Newser) - The Rock, Jackie Chan, and Matt Damon walk into a bar … and the Rock should probably pay for drinks, as the actor otherwise known as Dwayne Johnson has been named the world's highest-paid male actor by Forbes . Thanks to 2015 earnings of $64.5 million (his largest payday... More »

10 Least Livable Cities in the World

Including Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea

(Newser) - The Economist Intelligence Unit has compiled a list that no city wants to be on—the "least livable" ones in the world for 2016. Factors include education, health care, safety, and the threat of terrorism. Here are the worst 10, with their ranking out of 100:
  1. Damascus, Syria (30.
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5 Towns That Prove the Suburbs Aren't Always Cheap

Bel Air, Los Altos Hills make the list

(Newser) - Think moving to the 'burbs will save you money? Not in these neighborhoods. Real estate firm Engel & Völkers has identified the priciest suburb around each of America's 10 most populous urban areas, based on the median home price. The top five, per Forbes : More »

5 Strongest and Weakest Housing Markets

Residents of Boulder, Colo., should be happy

(Newser) - Looking to invest in real estate? Be careful where you buy. Here are the five cities where house prices are growing and shrinking the fastest, based on average price changes for a single family home over 12 months ending this June, per 24/7 Wall St .: Growing:
  1. Boulder, Colo.: 18.5%
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10 Unfriendliest Cities in the US

Who knew Delaware was so mean?

(Newser) - Planning an end-of-summer vacation? Better stay away from these US cities, apparently the kinds of places where locals will give you bad directions, then steal your wallet. Condé Nast Traveler asked travelers to rate the "friendliness" of US cities for its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and received 128,000... More »

10 Best States to Have a Baby

Vermont, Maine top the list

(Newser) - Pregnant? Consider giving birth in Vermont. The state is the best in the country to have a baby, based on birthing costs and other baby-related expenses, the infant-mortality rate, and the number of pediatricians, mom groups, and child care centers per capita, reports WalletHub . Mississippi was named worst in the... More »

10 US Cities Losing the Most Jobs

Sorry, Atlantic City

(Newser) - More bad news for Atlantic City: It's losing more jobs than any other US city, based on employment declines from June 2012 to June 2016, per 24/7 Wall St . The 10 cities that have lost the most jobs, plus their employment declines: More »

America's 10 Most Diverse Counties

Hawaiian counties dominate the list

(Newser) - Graphiq has compiled a list of the most diverse counties in the US by calculating the probability that two randomly selected residents will be of different races designated in the US census: white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Hispanic Americans weren't included since they’... More »

5 Best US Cities for Foodies

You'll want to wear your stretchy pants in New Orleans

(Newser) - Who's up for a foodie road trip? Travel and Leisure knows just where you should stop for gumbo and crawfish: New Orleans is the ultimate destination, according to the magazine's ranking of the 10 best US cities for food, based on readers' votes. The top five: More »

6 Best Small US Cities for Families

Congrats to Wylie, Texas

(Newser) - If you’re looking for small-town living, Texas is the place to be. Six of the top 10 small US cities for families, with populations under 100,000, are in the Lone Star State, according to a NerdWallet ranking. It looks at factors like affordability, income, crime, and the quality... More »

Best, Worst States for Student Debt

Utah is best; DC is worst

(Newser) - Congratulations to anyone heading off to college in Utah this fall. A WalletHub ranking finds the state is the friendliest in the country when it comes to student debt, based on average debt, loans overdue or in default, unemployment, the availability of student jobs and grants, and other factors. Other... More »

10 Wealthiest US Counties

Enjoy the spoils, Virginia

(Newser) - It pays to reside in the DC area if you're a) into the political scene or b) looking for bragging rights to living in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. The Code Black Group checked out median household incomes across the country and found Virginia and Maryland... More »

10 Best US Cities for Beer Drinkers

Pittsburgh is No. 1

(Newser) - Some cities are better than others when it comes to catering to beer drinkers. Real estate website Redfin compiled the 10 best in the US with help from the Beer Institute, using factors such as active brewery permits, beer taxes, and walkability. The top 10:
  1. Pittsburgh (256 active brewery permits)
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America's 10 Least Violent States

New England is the place to be

(Newser) - Looking for a safer neighborhood? Consider a move to Maine. The state is the least violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking that took into account the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, estimated small-arms ownership, and the rates of violent crime, murder, and... More »

America's 10 Most Violent States

Louisiana tops the list

(Newser) - Bad news, Louisiana. The state is the most violent in the country, according to a 24/7 Wall St. ranking, based on violent crimes, homicides, incarceration rates, the number of police officers per 100,000 residents, and estimated small-arms ownership. The top 10: More »

Musicians Whose Fans Travel the Farthest

Phish leads the way

(Newser) - Online ticket vendor Vivid Seats crunched numbers from the past four years to figure out which music fans travel the farthest to see their favorite acts. Below are the top 10, with the median distance traveled:
  1. Phish, 152 miles
  2. Garth Brooks, 84 miles
  3. One Direction, 65 miles
  4. Adele, 63 miles
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Where World's Tallest Women, Men Live

Latvian women, Dutch men are tallest: study

(Newser) - Latvian women are tallest in the world, with an average height of 5-foot-7, according to a new study in the journal eLife . The same study, based on 2014 data, finds Dutch men tower over the rest at an even 6 feet on average, reports the BBC . The US—home to... More »

US Cities With Most-Educated Workers—and the Least

To help you find where the money's at

(Newser) - WalletHub notes that the fall semester is right around the corner—and that those who boost their brains with higher education tend to nab better jobs and bring home higher salaries. The site looked at 150 US metropolitan statistical areas, examining nine different criteria to see which cities claimed... More »

Top 6 US Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

Austin is No. 1

(Newser) - Some cities are better than others when it comes to offering opportunities to young entrepreneurs. MoneyRates.com has ranked the best ones based on population growth, educational level, taxes, and how many of these workers are already bringing home a nice paycheck. The Lone Star State gets more than one... More »

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