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The States of Our Union ... Are Not All Strong

The States of Our Union ... Are Not All Strong | Geography Education |

"On Tuesday, President Obama, if precedent holds, will declare that the state of America’s union is 'strong.' Is it?" 

Politico Magazine rounded up 14 different state rankings from reputable sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI, and on important factors such as high school graduation rates, per capita income, life expectancy and crime rate. Then we averaged out each state’s 14 rankings to come up with a master list—atop which sits none other than New Hampshire. The approach isn’t scientific or comprehensive (we also hold no grudges against the State of Mississippi), but given that eight of the lowest-ranking states on our list overlap with the bottom 10 on his, maybe less has changed in the past 83 years than you’d think.

Cam E's curator insight, January 29, 2014 2:23 PM

It's no surprise to me that New Hampshire is the top, it's my favorite state after all! From its tax policies to its fireworks legality, all of it resonates with me! It's one of my top choices for states to move to, rural areas with mountains and forests rate at the top of my list, and this one has snow and skiing to boot! I'd love nothing more than to teach at a small school up in the high elevations once I get my Elementary Education degree.

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Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 2014 1:29 PM

Determining how strong a state is is kind of ridiculous. Sure, you can look at the states per capita income and such, but really determining which states union is strongest is a whacky idea. This article has no scientific method research within and it and the idea of a never-changing society is just absurd.

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