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Pennsylvania Among Worst States for Black Americans

The United States was late to abolish slavery compared with many other nations, and in no other nation did its abolition involve the level of violence seen during the American Civil War, in which approximately 750,000 people were killed. From the stormy years from 1865 through 1877 following the years of Reconstruction, to the civil […]

Pennsylvania is America’s 9th Worst Run State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Quality of Life is Better in Pennsylvania

Americans often evaluate their home states according to such subjective conditions as climate preference, the presence of friends and family, and personal history. In addition to these subjective measures, more objective socioeconomic factors also contribute to life satisfaction. It is such quantitative measures that can help assess the broader quality of life in a given […]

Why Students in Pennsylvania Graduate College With More Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Philadelphians Among the Most Likely to Have a College Education

An estimated 36% of Philadelphia’s adults have a bachelor’s degree, well above corresponding educational attainment rate nationwide of 30.6% Educational attainment in the Philadelphia metropolitan is also higher than in Pennsylvania as a whole, where 29.7% of adults have graduated from college. Philadelphia also ranks second highest in college attainment among all metro areas in […]

Pennsylvania is Less Favorable to Women Than Most States

The U.S. could elect the first female president in its history this November. For many advocates, representation in the nation’s highest office could lead to meaningful progress for women’s rights, potentially addressing some of the severe inequalities the nation has yet to overcome. These issues include a gender pay gap, a lack of flexibility in […]

Pennsylvania’s Voter Turnout Rate is Lower Than Most States

In this year’s presidential primaries, more than 57.6 million Americans went to the polls, slightly less than the 2008 all-time record. It remains to be seen if high primary turnout will translate to high general election turnout when Americans vote in less than a month. In the 2012 presidential election, just 57.5% of eligible U.S. […]

Black-White Gaps Are Prevalent in Philadelphia

Highly publicized police shootings of young black men continue to fuel a national conversation on race. Groups such as Black Lives Matter have sought to highlight systemic racial inequality in the United States. Despite the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement over 50 years ago, many systemic inequalities persist — and some have worsened. An […]

Pennsylvania is One of the Worst States for Black Americans

This is a republication of a story done by 24/7 Wall St. on December 7 of 2015. Racial tension in the United States is at a high point not seen in decades. Increased outrage at incidents of police violence against black Americans and other more structural inequities have led to civil unrest and calls for […]

Tax Revenue From Marijuana in Pennsylvania Could Be $352 Million

Four states and the District of Columbia have voted since 2012 to legalize the retail sale of marijuana. One main incentive of legalization is the tax revenue states receive from marijuana sales. The first two states to legalize marijuana — Colorado and Washington — began sales in 2014. After a slow start, tax revenues now […]

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