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These Are the Least Green US States

WalletHub ranking based on environmental quality, more

(Newser) - WalletHub says it's time to "call out those doing a poor job of caring for the environment"—and its own report points the finger at West Virginia. Less than a week from Earth Day, the state falls dead last on WalletHub's list of the greenest US... More »

US Grocery Stores Graded on Food Waste, and One Gets an 'F'

That would Be ALDI

(Newser) - As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It's apparently not an adage that America's grocery stores have taken to heart, at least according to a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity and the Ugly Fruit and Veg Campaign . They... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

History's Deadliest Natural Disaster Killed Millions

LiveScience lists the worst ones on record

(Newser) - "The single-most powerful explosive event ever witnessed" took place somewhere between 1645 BC and 1500 BC, when the volcano Thera erupted on what's now the island of Santorini. LiveScience reports its power has been likened to that of an 1883 eruption in Indonesia that could be heard 3,... More »

Get Ready to Golf in the Fastest-Growing City in America

The courses must be hopping in The Villages, Fla.

(Newser) - The US population as a whole may not be spiking, but in certain cities, there's been "explosive growth." That's per 24/7 Wall St. , which examined seven years' worth of recent data from the US Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program to unearth the fastest-growing city in... More »

Bill Gates Sees the World in These 4 Income Levels

Forget the terms 'developing' and 'developed' nations, he advises

(Newser) - Bill Gates says he's done using the terms "developed" and "developing" to describe the nations of the world because they're too limiting. "It's hard to pick up on progress if you divide the world into rich and poor countries," he writes in a... More »

World's 5 Most Unequal Countries on Same Continent

Effects of South Africa's apartheid still felt

(Newser) - Inequality was embedded in South African culture through its apartheid system. Nearly a quarter century after its end, the country still has a long way to go. "Inequality is high, persistent, and has increased since 1994" in South Africa, which is the most unequal country in the world when... More »

5 States That Need to Loosen Up

WalletHub uses 38 stress indicators to rank most, least stressed states

(Newser) - The Midwest is best—at least when it comes to living a relatively stress-free life. WalletHub took a look at nearly 40 stress indicators related to work, family, money, and health, in all 50 states and DC to determine the most and least stressed states. Its list suggests anxiety rises... More »

Google No Longer Where Americans Most Want to Work

It has given up the crown, according to LinkedIn

(Newser) - Google may be on the receiving end of 1.1 million job applications a year, but it's no longer the place "where professionals most want to work across the US." That's according to LinkedIn , which last week published its 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies report. The job... More »

10 Fastest-Growing Metro Areas in America

St. George, Utah, takes the No. 1 spot, and it's mostly because of out-of-staters

(Newser) - Residents in St. George, Utah, probably won't be surprised to learn they're living in the fastest-growing metro area in America—the constant new housing and business construction is likely a giveaway, the Spectrum notes. The region took top honors based on the US Census Bureau's newly released... More »

The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth

Quality of life in Switzerland, Germany seems top-notch

(Newser) - Each year, HR consultancy Mercer releases its "Quality of Living" ranking for cities around the globe, and for 2018, Austria's capital takes top honors. USA Today notes most of this year's highest-ranking cities tend to be in Europe, with San Francisco as the first US city showing... More »

These Are the 10 Best Jobs in the US

Construction, tech jobs dominate the list

(Newser) - Tech jobs dominated Indeed.com's 2017 list of the best careers in the US, but this year other industries are jumping into some of the top spots—of the top 25 jobs, 16 are ones that did not appear on last year's list. Construction, in particular, is having... More »

This Is the World's Happiest Country

World Happiness Report is out for 2018

(Newser) - The United States is at its unhappiest level since the annual World Happiness Report was first released in 2012. This year, the US came in No. 18, down four spots from last year, the Washington Post reports. The report was released Wednesday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative... More »

Want a Smile on Your Face? Live in This US City

Fremont, Calif., has been dubbed America's happiest city

(Newser) - To live your best, happiest life, pack up and head to either California … or the Dakotas. That's WalletHub's take, based on the cities it found are happiest, with the Golden State claiming four cities in its top 10 and North and South Dakota taking a total of... More »

Best US City to Live In Isn't on Either Coast

Ann Arbor, Michigan, wins the honor in new survey

(Newser) - The website Niche is out with its ranking of the best US cities in which to live, and the winner is not on either coast: Instead, Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top honor. The city of 118,000 comes out on top of more than 200 other locales when factoring... More »

10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World

US ranks first, followed by Russia

(Newser) - The annual Global Firepower Index ranking of the world's militaries is out, with the US coming in as the strongest. It's not just a matter of counting weapons and soldiers; the index uses more than 50 data points in the final score, including geographical factors, alliances, and logistical... More »

Best State for Women: the 'North Star' State

Minnesota is the best state to live in for gender equality; Louisiana needs to do some work

(Newser) - Amid the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, WalletHub did some digging to see which US states proved best for women (and which didn't fare so well). The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia across two main metrics: women's economic and social well-being—which includes... More »

5 Most Popular Plastic Surgeries

Tummy tucks are back in

(Newser) - Tummy tucks are back: They dropped out of the top five most popular cosmetic surgeries last year, but are back this year, with more than 2,000 more of the procedures done in 2017 than 2016. In a press release , the ASPS says cosmetic procedures overall were up 2% in... More »

This State Has the Best Quality of Life

And California has the worst

(Newser) - When it comes to quality of life, studies have shown that a feeling of social connectedness is one of the most important factors. "The number one indicator of success in life and having a fulfilling, satisfying life is the quality of your relationships," says one sociology professor. "... More »

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