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Massachusetts Drivers Among the Most Dangerous in the Nation

Over 37,000 Americans died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, a 5.6% increase over the previous year — when deaths rose by 8.4%. The last time deaths caused by traffic accidents increased as much was in 1986. According to several official sources, the increase in fatalities can be attributable, at least in part, to more […]

Why the Cocoanut Grove Fire is the Worst Tragedy in Massachusetts

October’s massacre in Las Vegas represents the latest in a string of mass shootings that have killed hundreds across the country over the last two decades. Between the historic fires in California, the series of hurricanes that have devastated Puerto Rico and states in the Gulf, and the Vegas massacre, for some it may seem […]

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 […]

Boston Among the Best Cities for Women

Gender inequality remains a matter of fact in the United States. Women earn roughly 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. Many must overcome various stigma related to parenting responsibilities, gender roles, and their participation in the job market. On the other hand, women are more likely to live longer, and they […]

Aerosmith is the Most Famous Band From Massachusetts

The United States is one of the largest exporters of modern music. The world loves to listen to American music — most of the top-selling global artists of all time are American. Many of the biggest bands of all time that are not American — The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and others — moved to […]

Massachusetts Has the Best Schools in America

Few concerns facing the United States — or any nation — are more important than ensuring children receive a first-rate education. At her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos answered questions about school proficiency. Policymakers and observers disagree as to how to spend public education funds and how exactly schools should […]

Massachusetts Among States Where it’s Easiest to Find Full-Time Work

The U.S. unemployment rate is currently 4.4%, nearly its lowest point in a decade. While the unemployment rate reflects the millions of Americans who are out of work and actively seeking employment, the measure does not fully capture the degree to which Americans are unable to find the jobs they want. In addition to those […]

Boston Among the Cities Where Most Americans Can’t Afford Their Homes

The U.S. Census recommends Americans spend no more than 30% of their income on housing costs per month. Still, an estimated 19 million U.S. households spend over 50% of their income on housing. As the United States continues to recover from the housing crisis and recession, housing costs, including home prices and rent, are rising […]

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