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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 »

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 »

States That Benefit Most, Least From Immigration

New York is No. 1

(Newser) - Immigration is likely to be one of the topics covered in President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday, and WalletHub takes a look at the subject through the lens of state economics. The site looked at all 50 states and DC under four main categories—the immigrant workforce,... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

These States Will Feel the Pinch of the Shutdown Most

DC tops the list, followed by Maryland and Virginia

(Newser) - The government shutdown that went into effect at midnight on Friday is stretching into its third day , and a resolution still looks tenuous. WalletHub looks at the consequences of a longer-term shutdown through the lens of six key metrics—including share of federal jobs, percentage of kids using the Child'... More »

This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement

(Newser) - Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The... More »

These States Have Made Most Racial Progress

Wyoming, Texas, and Georgia are the top 3

(Newser) - Black History Month is fast approaching, and while much progress has been made since Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, discrimination, segregation, and systemic racism still remain. WalletHub wanted to acknowledge the US states that have made strides in both current integration and racial... More »

7 States That Could Make Big Moves on Pot in 2018

Including the first state in the Midwest to legalize it

(Newser) - Although pot saw a watershed year in 2016, with a handful of marijuana legalization initiatives that got the green light from voters, 2017 was pretty dry, with no official movement on that front anywhere in the nation. Per Forbes , 2018 is set to see a cannabis comeback, with at least... More »

Trump's Snub of This State Not Seen Since Eisenhower

It's not expected the president will show up in 'deep-blue' California anytime soon

(Newser) - President Trump has visited almost three-fifths of the nation's states since he's taken office, but among those he hasn't graced, there's one notable omission: California, the nation's "most populous and economically powerful state," which the Los Angeles Times notes hasn't been snubbed... More »

CDC: Flu Already Hitting 36 States

'Widespread' activity, with high numbers of cases in 21 of those states

(Newser) - The warnings came early that this year's flu season could be bad , and reports starting to filter in from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that prediction may have been an accurate one. Per the CDC , public health experts from 36 states have submitted reports indicating "... More »

5 Most, Least Charitable States

Utah is first, Hawaii dead last in WalletHub ranking of most giving states

(Newser) - Americans celebrated #GivingTuesday the day after Cyber Monday (and several days of other discounted holiday shopping ), reminding us to keep in mind those in need. That effort can come in the form of both money and time spent volunteering, both of which WalletHub tracked to see which US states... More »

Don't Want to Get in a Car Crash? This State's Your Best Bet

Montana has the safest drivers

(Newser) - In 2016, there were more than 40,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the US, per the National Safety Council . And while factors beyond drivers' control, such as weather, may play a role in these fatalities, 24/7 Wall St. notes that "driver choice" (as in choosing to text or break the... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

5 Most, Least Religious US States

New Hampshire is where Americans are least religious, Mississippi the most

(Newser) - Being able to freely turn to whatever higher power one chooses (or none at all) is one of the principles America was founded on, but in some states, residents take their religion more seriously than others. A Pew Research Center survey from 2014 was placed under the 24/7 Wall St.... More »

One State's Top Holiday Gift for 2017: Duct Tape

A look at what's projected to be the hottest gift in each state

(Newser) - Will the holiday season's biggest seller this year be an electronics item, a hot toy, or duct tape? Depends on which state you live in, per a 24/7 Wall St. analysis. The site checked out both the most popular gift items on and projected Google keyword searches... More »

5 States With Highest, Lowest Divorce Rates

No guarantees, but Massachusetts is the state with lowest divorce rate

(Newser) - Keeping one's vows till death do you part is a challenge for even the most happily married couples—but the odds might be greater depending on where you live. To find out which states have the highest and lowest rates of divorce, 24/7 Wall St. examined a Census Bureau... More »

Identity Theft, Fraud Worst in This State

Sorry, Californians

(Newser) - Given the recent Equifax security breach —alongside a 630% increase in data breaches in the past year, according to one report —identity theft is bound to be a concern for many Americans. But it turns out the state you call home has a lot to do with your... More »

7 Best, Worst States on Energy Efficiency

From New York to South Carolina

(Newser) - Not all states are created equal when it comes to energy efficiency. WalletHub has a new ranking that crunches data in two broad categories—home energy efficiency and auto energy efficiency—to figure out the best and worst overall. As it turns out, the results put New York at the... More »

This Is the Least Diverse State in US

West Virginia's 'diversity score' is lowest: WalletHub

(Newser) - West Virginia trails behind all other US states when it comes to diversity, according to WalletHub . The site's ranking doesn’t simply apply to racial diversity. WalletHub gave all 50 states a "diversity score" out of 100 based on the diversity of residents' ethnicity, religion, marital status, birthplace... More »

The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's

(Newser) - The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per... More »

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