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How the Middle Class is Being Left Behind in New York

By many measures, the U.S. economy is booming: unemployment is close to a decade-long low; the Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates for the second time in roughly a decade, signaling confidence in the economy; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached an all-time high earlier this year. Despite the nearly decade-long period of growth, […]

Drivers in New York More Dangerous Than Most States

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 […]

New York More Dangerous Than Most 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. […]

Great Neck South is the Top Public Middle School in New York

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 […]

New York Among the Next 15 States to Legalize Marijuana

A record high 64% of Americans support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a 2017 Gallup Poll. Support for legalization is rooted in changing perceptions of the drug’s potential harm, as well as the prospect of hundreds of millions of dollars in marijuana sales and excise tax revenue for state governments. The growing acceptance […]

Masa is the Most Expensive Restaurant in New York

It’s no news that eating out can be pricey. In America’s largest cities, a meal for two can cost more than a thousand dollars. While in other parts of the country, restaurants offer more modest fare. Regardless, every state has a restaurant that can break the bank. Just how high can the price of a […]

Saratoga National is the Most Popular National Park in New York

Interest in the national parks of the United States is growing. The number of visitors who came to national parks in 2016 was 331 million, exceeding the total population of the United States. Just 10 years ago, the number of visitors was closer to 275 million. A variety of reasons could explain this significant increase […]

Why the Sept. 11 Attacks Are the Worst Tragedy in New York

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 […]

New York is the 9th Least Religious State

Across America, states and regions differ in terms of their cultures, foods and accents. But one of the biggest distinguishing features is how religion impacts the people of each place. While religion is widespread across the country, the share of adults for whom religion is extremely important to their lives varies greatly between states. In […]

New York is America’s 24th 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 […]

New York Has the 4th Highest Rate of Divorce

Marriage is intended to be a lifelong commitment to another person, but the reality is many marriages end in divorce. According to the Census Bureau, 9.7% of males over 15 years old and 8.8% of females over 15 years old are divorced. Myriad issues — including work stress, money troubles, and even personal changes over […]

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