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Conestoga is the Best Public High School in Pennsylvania

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. […]

Typical Household Income in Pennsylvania On Par With Nation

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 Reading is the Worst City to Live in Pennsylvania

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 […]

Why Philadelphia is Among America’s Worst Cities to Live In

Quality of life in an American city often depends on the neighborhood one lives in, as abject poverty and crime can be found just blocks away from prosperity. Still, as much as a city can be judged on the whole, some cities face widespread problems that detract from their residents’ overall quality of life. Americans […]

Why Pennsylvania’s School System is Better Than Most States

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 […]

Why Finding Full-Time Work is Harder in Pennsylvania

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 […]

Why Pennsylvania is More Violent Than Most States

As it stands, the nationwide violent crime rate today is about half what it was in 1993. While the United States is a much more peaceful place than it has been in decades, millions of Americans still live in relatively violent areas. How peaceful or violent a given state is depends on more than the […]

Why Pennsylvania’s Economy is Worse Than Most States

Is your state a drag on the American economy or a boon? The 50 states — as diverse as they are — each contribute something to the U.S. economy. Because of their diversity, state economies rarely trend in unison. GDP growth is often the default measure for economic strength, but it often fails to tell […]

AmerisourceBergen is the Largest Company in Pennsylvania

The United States is home to some of the largest global companies. Of the world’s 50 largest public companies by revenue, 21 are based in the United States, including five of the top 10. Many of the largest American companies are headquartered in the country’s major economic capitals, including New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas, […]

Philadelphia Unemployment Rate Higher Than Nation

Nationwide, 4.4% of the American labor force is unemployed, a large improvement from the recessionary unemployment peak of 9.9% in 2010. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area, the unemployment rate of 4.7% is higher than the national figure and far lower than the city’s recessionary peak unemployment rate of 9.0%. The industry composition within a city […]

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