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The 5 Most, Least Obese States

Go West, (skinny) young man

(Newser) - At least one in five Americans are considered obese, but some of them are clustered together geographically. And if you want to avoid a bulging waistline, you'd do well to steer clear of Paula Deen and the South and head West, notes 24/7 Wall St. in compiling its list... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

7 Best States for Immigrants

California is the place to be

(Newser) - Making a life in a new country is never easy—but some US states make it easier than others. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the best states for immigrants based on factors including median household income, poverty rates, unemployment, and the share of non-native residents. The top seven: More »

5 States That Need to Take a Chill Pill

WalletHub looks at the most stressed, least stressed states

(Newser) - Depending on where you live, you could be living a constant rat race or existing in a Daily Show-like moment of zen. WalletHub took a look at nearly three dozen stress indicators across a range of categories in all 50 states and DC, including anxiety related to work, family, money,... More »

5 Best and Worst States for Retirees

Thinking Florida? Think again

(Newser) - Think Florida is the ideal spot to retire? There are far better, according to Bankrate . The Sunshine State came in only at the No. 17 spot on Bankrate's list of the best states for retirees, based on cost of living, quality of health care, crime, weather, and other factors.... More »

7 States With Most Unsheltered Homeless

California has double the national average

(Newser) - An estimated 31% of the 549,928 homeless people in the US last year were living without a roof over their heads, meaning they did not stay in shelters or other housing programs, reports 24/7 Wall St . But the percentage in California, home to 21% of all homeless people in... More »

10 States With Highest Volunteer Rate

Utah is way ahead of the pack

(Newser) - A quarter of Americans volunteer each year. But if you think that's an impressive figure, you clearly aren't from Utah. Largely thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a remarkable 43.2% of Utah residents 16 and older volunteered annually between 2013 and 2015, per... More »

5 States With Most, Fewest Green Cards

No. 1 state has a large population from Dominican Republic

(Newser) - With much ado about President Trump's immigration travel ban , 24/7 Wall St. takes a timely look at which US states house the most immigrants holding green cards, allowing them to legally live and work in America, as well as serve in the US military. The site examined a Department... More »

10 Fastest-Growing US States

Utah's on top for percentage increase

(Newser) - Compared to the 433,000 residents Texas added in 2016, 60,500 new Utahans might seem like nothing. But the figure was enough to push Utah to the top of the heap of the fastest-growing US states, based on percentage increases in population, per Census data . The top 10: More »

10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

DC Votes for Statehood

Drafted constitution now goes before Congress for approval—but it's a tough road

(Newser) - A push to make Washington, DC, the nation's 51st state forged ahead Tuesday with voters in the district giving a thumbs-up to the initiative in an Election Day referendum, the Washington Post reports. Per NBC Washington , 86% of DC voters approved the referendum. "With massive turnout, District residents... More »

The 7 Worst US States for Women

Mississippi tops the list

(Newser) - Help a girl out, Mississippi. The state is the worst in the country for women, according to 24/7 Wall St. , based on economy, leadership, and health. Researchers specifically looked at things like women's earnings compared to men, the percent of women in management positions and government, and female life... More »

5 Richest and Poorest States

Maryland is top, Mississippi is bottom

(Newser) - The median income in Maryland is a far cry from the median income in Mississippi, according to 24/7 Wall St . Its new ranking (based on this new 2015 Census Bureau data ) shows the richest and poorest states in the country, based on median household income in 2015. The top... 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 »

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 »

10 States With the Most Student Debt

Sorry, Delaware pupils

(Newser) - The average American college student owed $28,950 at graduation in 2014—but students in some states are even worse off. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up the top 10 states with the most student debt on average—based on 2014 numbers from the Institute for College Access and Success—noting... More »

6 States With Most Mental Illness

West Virginians especially struggle with it

(Newser) - Nearly 10 million Americans experience a serious mental illness within any one year, and 24/7 Wall St. outlines the 12 states that have the largest adult populations struggling with various forms of mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder. To come up with this ranking, the site examined surveys administered... More »

Study Names Worst State for Drunk Driving

It's North Dakota, though Montana isn't great, either

(Newser) - Be careful on the roads in North Dakota. The state is the most dangerous in the country when it comes to drunk driving, according to an analysis by CarInsuranceComparison.com . It considered five factors: a state's drunk-driving-related deaths and arrests in 2015, its penalties and laws, and its cost... More »

Forget 50 States: America Is 7 Regions

Parag Khanna wants us to think differently

(Newser) - America's political division into 50 states is only hurting its ability to compete in the global economy, writes Parag Khanna at the New York Times . That's because the US, like other nations, is clustering into city-centered economic regions that need social and economic support. "The 50-state model... More »

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