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Want to Be Happy? Move to This State

No wonder so many people vacation in the Aloha State

(Newser) - Home is where the heart is, and for people in certain parts of the US, where happiness reigns. WalletHub looked at more than 30 metrics for all 50 states, concentrating on three main categories: emotional and physical well-being (including career and social satisfaction, depression rates, and life expectancy); work environment,... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

10 Best States to Call Home

Bay Staters have it pretty good

(Newser) - California may be the " most fun " state, but it's far from best, according to WalletHub 's latest ranking. To find the best US state to call home, the site compared affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety—providing each of the 50 states... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

10 States With the Most Drug Abuse

The epidemic continues

(Newser) - A recent sliver of hope in the US opioid crisis emerged in the form of a substantial drop in prescription opioid use in 2018. But that doesn't mean the country's drug epidemic is anywhere near over. Drug abuse continues to run rampant, and WalletHub looked at the problem... More »

Each State Has a City That Could Use Some TLC. Here They Are

24/7 Wall St. picks one from each state

(Newser) - There's no such thing as an "ideal" place to live in America—every city has its relative drawbacks—and some locations might even prompt you to do a double take, though not in a desirable way. Looking at more than two dozen metrics across four categories (affordability, quality... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

NJ and Hawaii: Thousands Apart, in Miles, Property Taxes

Garden State has highest US property taxes, Aloha State the lowest, based on median home value

(Newser) - What do Hawaii and New Jersey have in common? Probably not much, but especially when it comes to property taxes, per WalletHub , which says what you pay on your real estate can range from a "small inconvenience" to a "major burden." The Aloha State falls under the... More »

States With the Least-Skilled Drivers

You might want to take a defensive driving course in Big Sky Country

(Newser) - If you like the freedom of the open road, there are some states where you might want to take a defensive driving course first. In its assessment of the most dangerous states to drive in (New Mexico took that top "honor"), YourMechanic looked at a variety of factors,... More »

Thousands Back Potential State of 'MegaKota'

What's in a name? Apparently a lot

(Newser) - Thousands of people hope to add "a pretty rad state name" to the map of America. MegaKota is the goal of Dillan Stewart of Fargo, ND, and more than 12,500 others who've signed his petition asking President Trump to combine North Dakota and South Dakota into a... More »

10 States Least Affected by Shutdown

Minnesota leads the way

(Newser) - It is now day 13 of a partial government shutdown, and neither side looks willing to budge on the main sticking point of money for a border wall. The pain of the shutdown is spread unevenly throughout the country, with some states affected more than others, notes WalletHub . The site... More »

10 State Names, Deciphered

24/7 Wall St. traces origins to Europe, indigenous cultures

(Newser) - You need look no further than a map to find America's reputation as a melting pot. The evidence is written across the states—specifically in their names, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which surveyed state websites and online resources to trace the origins of those names to England, France,... More »

This Is the Best-Run State in America

North Dakota ranks first, New Mexico last

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St tackles what it admits is a subjective subject—ranking states on how well they are run. But after running through various metrics, including tax revenue, debt, population, good-paying jobs, poverty, credit rating, etc., the site has settled on North Dakota as the best-run state in the... More »

Nearly Half of Young Adults Live at Home in This State

New Jersey leads the nation

(Newser) - Adults in New Jersey might be less embarrassed than most to utter the words, "I live with my parents." That's because the state hosts a higher percentage of young adults living with one or two parents than any other state in the country, per North Jersey Record... More »

10 Most, Least Politically Active States

DC tops the list, New Mexico brings up the rear

(Newser) - In less than three weeks, people will converge en masse upon the polls, though how many turn out may depend on the state and how seriously people in each one take their civic duty. WalletHub looked more closely at all 50 states, plus DC, across 10 metrics for political engagement,... More »

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