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Massachusetts Less Dangerous Than Majority of States

In the United States, violent crime is classified as aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and homicide. Nationwide, there were 397 violent crimes for every 100,000 Americans in 2016 — up from 385 violent crimes per 100,000 in 2015. The uptick marked the second in as many years and the first time in a decade the U.S. […]

Edward W. Brooke Charter School is the Top Public Middle School in Massachusetts

When it comes to American public schools, early childhood education and high school achievement tend to dominate the conversation — while middle school quality tends to take a backseat. Despite the apparent lack of emphasis, children spend some of their most pivotal years of development in middle school. Middle school serves as a critical bridge […]

Boston is America’s 5th Richest City

Incomes in the United States have been rising in recent years. The median household income rose to $59,039 last year, up 3.2% from 2015 and one of the highest incomes ever recorded. Poverty levels also declined, yet income inequality did not improve. So while there remain many poor communities, there are also plenty of extremely […]

Why Boston is the Most Educated City in Massachusetts

With the cost of college tuition at an all time high, some may wonder if it is even worth it to invest the time and money it takes to earn a four-year degree. In state tuition at a state school is, on average, more than five times as expensive as it was in 1990 — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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