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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 »

5 Most, Least Happy US States

Everything is awesome in Minnesota; not so much in West Virginia

(Newser) - If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands—especially if you're from Minnesota. The North Star State ranks highest in WalletHub's "Happiest States in America" list, which looked at all 50 across three main metrics: how emotionally and physically well its citizens are, work... More »

Here's the State That Spends the Most on Lottery Tickets

Massachusetts dreams big, apparently

(Newser) - A common stereotype of lottery ticket buyers is that of blue-collar workers trying to break out of dead-end jobs and hit it big. But while there are likely plenty of lotto purchasers who fit that mold, a 24/7 Wall St. ranking suggests the four states that spend the most on... More »

One State Dominates Best Real-Estate Markets

Frisco is your best bet, but 4 other Texas cities crack top 10

(Newser) - A bit of good news for Texas, which has been making headlines over the past few days for the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey . The Lone Star State dominates WalletHub's top 10 slots in its ranking for the best real-estate markets in the US, with Frisco taking the No.... More »

10 Best, Worst States for Women's Equality

Hawaii and Utah are polar opposites

(Newser) - The US still has a lot of work to do when it comes to gender equality. The World Economic Forum ranks the US all the way down at 45th in the world when it comes to gender equality, pointing to gaps in wages and unequal representation in business and political... More »

Thinking About Retirement? Here's the Best State for It

Surprise, surprise, it's Florida

(Newser) - If you have the luxury of deciding where to retire, consider WalletHub's list of 2017's best and worst states in which to do so. The site investigated which states "[let] you keep more money in your pocket without requiring a drastic lifestyle change," looking at factors... More »

Alzheimer's Cases to Rise Fastest in These 10 States

Alaska leads the pack with projected increase of 55% through 2025

(Newser) - Iowa is projected to see a 14% increase in Alzheimer's cases in the next eight years. Sound scary? That's nothing. Iowa actually has the lowest projected increase of any state in the country, per 24/7 Wall St , which cites a recent Alzheimer's Association report. The 10 states... More »

This State Has the Deadliest Weather

Nevada's sweltering temperatures can kill

(Newser) - If you can't stand the heat, stay far away from Nevada. Soaring temperatures caused the deaths of 50 people in Nevada in 2016 alone, making the state the deadliest in the country when it comes to weather, per 24/7 Wall St . The states with the most dangerous weather, based... More »

See Foreign Language Most Common in Your State

German is most prevalent language overall, after English and Spanish

(Newser) - It's probably not surprising that, once you take English out of the equation, Spanish is the most widely spoken language in the United States. But what if you also remove Spanish from the options? 24/7 Wall St. ventures into each state to see which other foreign language ranks highest,... More »

5 Best, Worst States to Launch a Business

North Dakota is tops; New Jersey ranks lowest

(Newser) - "Location, location, location" has become a mantra in real estate, but it's also applicable if you're thinking of starting up your own business. WalletHub takes a close look at the business environment, business costs, and access to resources in all 50 states, diving deep into 20 various... More »

This Is America's Safest State

Vermont is A-OK, Mississippi not so much

(Newser) - Drug problems aside , living in Vermont is your safest bet to stay safe, according to WalletHub . The site reviewed a variety of data falling under the categories of personal, financial, workplace, and road safety, as well as emergency preparedness, to give the states a safety score out of 100,... More »

Need a Job? Here's Where You Need to Be

Washington is best state for jobs: WalletHub

(Newser) - Job prospects looking a bit gloomy? They might look a lot better after a move to Washington state. According to WalletHub , it's the best state in the country for jobs, based on 24 factors like employment growth, median annual income, and average commute time. The best and worst states... More »

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 »

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