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Biomedical Engineers Are the Most Iconic Job in Massachusetts

Whether it is a gaming supervisor in Nevada, a farm worker in California, an extraction worker in North Dakota, or a petroleum engineer in Texas, one occupation is often more strongly associated with a state than any other. Such iconic occupations can be identified across the country, and often highlight each state’s unique contribution to […]

Sales Tax in Massachusetts Lower Than Most States

Because sales tax is regressive — disproportionately affecting poorer residents — the decision to raise or lower the sales tax rate is often accompanied by intense debate. Still, last year, hundreds of cities and several states raised sales tax rates, although many others lowered rates as well. Sales taxes are levied by both state and […]

More Than One in Three Adults Report Too Little Sleep in Massachusetts

More than one in three adults in America are getting less sleep than they need. While insufficient sleep is often considered normal, it can have dramatic effects on a population’s health and productivity. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health, sleep deprivation in America is a largely unaddressed and growing public health […]

Suffolk is the Youngest County in Massachusetts

Due to continually improved life expectancy, and as baby boomers reach retirement age, the median age of the U.S. population has been steadily increasing. The typical American today is 37.6 years old, nearly 10 years older than the median age in 1970. Despite this trend, many areas in the United States have considerably younger populations. […]

Seniors in Massachusetts Less Likely to Die From a Fall

Many Americans entering old age can look forward to a comfortable retirement, pursuing lingering life goals, and sharing a life of experience with younger generations. However, the physical decline that comes with aging brings a host of well-known disadvantages for going about daily life. While a trip or fall can be a forgettable event for […]

Pittsfield Residents Have Shortest Life Expectancy of Any Massachusetts City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading causes of death in the […]

Boston Residents Live Longer Than in Any Massachusetts City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading cause of deaths in the […]

Liberty Mutual Holding Co., Inc. is the Largest Private Company in Massachusetts

Going public is often regarded as the final step in a private company’s growth. While a public offering streamlines fund-raising activities and offers many other advantages, many owners prefer to keep control of their companies. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from company data reviewer PrivCo to identify the largest company in each state. Based on […]

Roads in Massachusetts Are Among the Worst in America

In its most recent assessment, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the United States a failing grade for its infrastructure. According to the group, $3.6 trillion would be needed to raise the standard of America’s roads to acceptable levels before 2020. To determine the states with the worst roads, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed statistics […]

Boston is America’s 8th Richest City

U.S. median household income rose to $56,516 in 2015, an increase of $2,800, or 5.2% over 2014 levels. Despite it being the largest percentage increase since 1998, median household income remains lower than it was in 2007 when adjusted for inflation. Whether an American is likely to make more or less than the national median […]

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