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Massachusetts is the Most Educated State in America

With millions of Americans saddled with seemingly insurmountable levels of student debt, some are calling into question the practicality of obtaining a four-year college degree. Still, the share of Americans who have earned a bachelor’s degree rose last year. As of 2016, 31.3% of Americans age 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher […]

Boston Has the 3rd Best Health Insurance Coverage

When compared to European countries and other developed nations such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, The United States stands out as the only nation without a publicly financed universal health care system. Around one third of U.S. residents are covered by public programs, namely Medicaid and Medicare. Including private coverage, 88.3% of Americans have […]

Boston Among the Cities With the Lowest Poverty Rates

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set the poverty line for 2017 at an annual income of $12,060 for individuals and $24,600 for families of four. Despite numerous policies aimed at reducing or eliminating poverty — including President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty over half a century ago — an estimated 45.2 million […]

Cancer Rate in Massachusetts Higher Than Most States

Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States, was first recorded as early as 4,000 years ago. The disease affects nearly all Americans, touching the lives both of those fighting the disease, and the many more who either support or have lost someone close to them. Every year, more than 1.5 million […]

James Taylor is Massachusetts’ Most Famous Musician

While culture is not the largest of U.S. exports, it has had the most pronounced and observable effect on the world. Global entertainment is dominated by U.S.-produced art, with music as a leading form. From rock and roll to rap music to pop, the world loves American music. American music is not itself a distinct […]

In Massachusetts, 1 in 3 Millenials Live With Their Parents

The hopes and dreams of young adults in the United States usually involve financial success — and total independence from one’s parents. Achieving these dreams is by no means guaranteed. Young adults in the United States usually rely on varying levels of family support to get by. This ranges from help with the phone bill […]

Massachusetts is the 2nd Least Evangelical State in the Nation

Evangelicals are America’s most powerful religious affiliation. As a group, white evangelicals form one-fifth of all registered voters in the United States and make up one-third of all voters who identify or lean Republican. With such a prominent group influencing U.S. politics and democracy, 24/7 Wall St. found the share of each state’s population who […]

Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science is the Best Public High School in the State

Among all public services in this country, few are as uneven in quality as the American public education system. While schools must follow certain guidelines and are held to public standards, they are largely funded by property taxes — which means their budgets largely depend on neighborhood wealth rather than per student or by need. […]

Massachusetts is America’s 4th Richest State

The U.S. Census Bureau released on Wednesday new data from its 2016 annual population survey — with largely positive findings. Most notable among the survey’s findings is the significant increase in U.S. median household income between 2014 and 2016 — more than in any two-year period on record. Not only did incomes go up nationwide, […]

Why Springfield is the Worst City to Live in Massachusetts

Americans take into consideration a number of factors when deciding where to live, including the quality of schools, the strength of the local economy and job market, the area’s safety and culture, as well as its climate. Cities that perform well by these measures are more likely to attract new residents, and those that do […]

Hampshire is the Least Obese County in Massachusetts

Obesity is a serious epidemic in the United States. Over one third of the population has a Body Mass Index (BMI) score greater than or equal to 30, which is considered not just overweight, but obese. Obesity can take a significant toll on one’s overall health and longevity. As of 2016, the states with the […]

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