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Why Pennsylvania is More Educated Than Most States

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 […]

Pennsylvania Less Evangelical Than Most States

Evangelicals are America’s most powerful religious affiliation. As a group, white evangelicals form one-fifth of all registered voters in the United States and make up one-third of all voters who identify or lean Republican. With such a prominent group influencing U.S. politics and democracy, 24/7 Wall St. found the share of each state’s population who […]

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 […]

Chester is the Least Obese County in Pennsylvania

Obesity is a serious epidemic in the United States. Over one third of the population has a Body Mass Index (BMI) score greater than or equal to 30, which is considered not just overweight, but obese. Obesity can take a significant toll on one’s overall health and longevity. As of 2016, the states with the […]

Typical Adult in Pennsylvania Spends $350 a Year on Lottery Tickets

Lotteries are hugely popular in the United States. In 2015, American adults spent $66.8 billion on lottery tickets, amounting to about $270 per adult. It’s not clear what drives such interest on a national scale — whether it’s because of innate optimism or economic desperation. What is clear is that the odds are against the […]

Poison is the Most Famous Band From Pennsylvania

The United States is one of the largest exporters of modern music. The world loves to listen to American music — most of the top-selling global artists of all time are American. Many of the biggest bands of all time that are not American — The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and others — moved to […]

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 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 […]

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