GovBeat: Rankings


Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Most states aren’t very good at planning for the future

Just 16 earned high scores from a policy think tank for long-term budget planning.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budgets, maps, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Conservatives outnumber liberals in 47 states

In Wyoming, 40.5 percentage points separate the number of conservatives from the number of liberals.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:31 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue states, map, maps, newsletter, poll, polls, Rankings, red states, States

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Map: Where tea partiers live, by state

Alaska is home to the most, per capita. New York, the least.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, map, maps, Montana, New Jersey, New York, newsletter, North Dakota, Rankings, tea party, wyoming

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014

These 5 maps show unions are losing ground in the states

Union membership, as a share of all jobs, fell in 43 states over the past decade.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  maps, newsletter, Rankings, States, unions

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 01/22/2014

The most corrupt state(s) in America

Ranking the most corrupt states depends on how you define corruption.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:28 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Corruption, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

The 11 most dangerous states for drivers

Eleven states received a red rating, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  map, maps, newsletter, Rankings, States, Transportation

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 01/17/2014

The best state capitol reporters in America

The state capital reporters to follow in each of the 50 states.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:06 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  best of, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014

The great American pizza map(s)

Where do you order from? If you’re in the Northwest, it’s probably Papa Murphy’s. Little Caesar’s owns Michigan.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, newsletter, pizza, Rankings, States, who we are

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/14/2014

A fourth of state lawmakers are women — a stat that hasn’t changed in five years

No state can claim a truly gender-equal legislature.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, legislature, legislatures, map, maps, Rankings, women

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Thirty states are raising pre-kindergarten funding

In all, states are increasing funding nearly 7 percent this fiscal year.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:17 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  educ, education, maps, Rankings, States

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/09/2014

The fastest and slowest Internet speeds in America

If you live in Ephrata, Wash., or Kansas City, download whatever you want.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  broadband, internet, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 01/08/2014

What your beer says about your politics, in one chart

Hipster beers are for Democrats. Lites are for Republicans. And scotch drinkers vote.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alcohol, beer, favorite, newsletter, Rankings, spirits, States

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 01/06/2014

In search of the best state capital political reporters in the country

In search of the best state capital reporter Twitter list ever.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:56 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  best of, list, Rankings, reporters, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014

How much does marijuana cost in the U.S.?

Anonymously-collected data shows good weed is cheapest on the West Coast.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marijuana, Rankings, States

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Which U.S. states are booming, in 4 charts

In its latest annual report, Atlas Van Lines shows where Americans are moving.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Early figures suggest number of traffic fatalities fell in 2013

Traffic fatalities continued to trend downward in 2013, according to early reports.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, public health, Rankings, States, Transportation

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/31/2013

What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart

Republicans prefer brown liquor; Democrats prefer clear liquor; High-propensity voters like wine.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:19 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alcohol, booze, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Census: North Dakota, South and West adding population fastest

Two states -- Maine and West Virginia -- suffered a net loss of residents over the past year.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:03 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  census, Florida, New York, population, Rankings

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013

The nine states (and one District) that won 2013

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, who we are

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 12/24/2013

Idaho’s the only state where a majority of adult households have no landlines

A larger share of adults in Idaho have embraced wireless life than in any other state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:06 PM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Idaho, maps, newsletter, Rankings

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Where teachers get paid the most, and the least

A teacher in New York gets paid nearly twice as much as a teacher in South Dakota.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:29 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Rankings, States, teachers

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013

A state breakdown of who will see unemployment aid dry up this month

Benefits expire on Dec. 28 for some 1.3 million people.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jobless, map, maps, Rankings, Unemployment

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Californians are turning on unions, poll shows

Fading support matches a national trend and declining membership in general.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:46 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, labor, poll, polls, Rankings, South Carolina, unions

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Study: Hawaii’s the healthiest state and Americans didn’t get fatter this year

New state-by-state rankings look at health in America across a number of measures.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, health, health care, Healthcare, Louisiana, maps, Massachusett, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rankings, VERMONT, West Virginia

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/10/2013

States spend far less than CDC recommends on anti-smoking campaigns

Only a handful of states are spending anywhere close to what the CDC recommends on anti-tobacco programs.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health, newsletter, Rankings, smoking, smoking rates, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013

You are where you shop: What your grocery store says about you

The grocery stores you choose say something about your income, generation and political leanings.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, who we are

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/07/2013

Can you guess which states swear the most, least?

How well do you know your crass fellow Americans?

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  maps, Ohio, Rankings

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Here’s where the end of unemployment benefits will hurt the most

Congress has no plans to extend unemployment benefits, set to expire the week of Dec. 28.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:33 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States, Unemployment, unemployment benefits

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

The TSA made half a million dollars last year because you forgot your change

Don’t forget to check those gray bins for your money.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Report criticizes lax disclosure rules for state judges

Conflicts of interest aren’t always obvious to the public, because financial disclosure reports aren’t always required.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Judiciary, newsletter, Rankings, States

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Happy Thanksgiving! Watch America get fatter by state over 25 years

The change over time is drastic, as shown by this government animation.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:45 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, health, Louisiana, maps, Rankings

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The 20 best- and worst-performing metro economies on this map might surprise you

Many of the ten best and ten worst performers are scattered throughout the Midwest and South.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, map, maps, Rankings

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Map: The United States of Watersheds

What if our political boundaries more closely followed physical geographic boundaries? Here’s one take.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  maps, newsletter, Rankings, States, water, water rights, who we are

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Where domestic energy comes from, in 5 maps

The U.S. produced more oil than it imported in October. Here’s where domestic energy comes from.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Energy, newsletter, Rankings, States, texas, West Virginia, wyoming

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 11/11/2013

MAPS: What each state’s veteran population looks like

Some states’ veteran populations are older, some are more male, some have many World War II vets and others more veterans of recent wars.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:49 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  maps, Rankings

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

A fascinating new look at the cultural differences between the 11 nations that make up North America.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:37 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, maps, Rankings, States

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 11/08/2013

Poverty in 13 states is worse than we thought

A new measure seeks to more accurately measure poverty.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:02 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty, Rankings

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/23/2013

States rethink asset tests for food benefit recipients

States are reconsidering asset caps for recipients of government food aid.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Food Stamps, newsletter, Poverty, Rankings, snap, States, tanf, wealth

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Energy sector recovering fast in Western states

A new report shows the energy sector is a major source of jobs and income in Western states.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Energy, New Mexico, newsletter, Rankings, States, taxes, wyoming

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 10/20/2013

The Presidential order of succession

Who’s the highest-ranking official in the presidential line of succession in each state?

By Reid Wilson  |  08:02 AM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  president, Rankings, States

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Poor children now make up a majority of school children in South and West

More than half of students in the American South and West come from low-income homes.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Poverty, Rankings, States

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 10/16/2013

How much state-owned land is too much?

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) is demanding an inventory of state-owned properties.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:47 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Natural Resources, Rankings

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/16/2013

The Affordable Care Act won’t help these 5 million people

Millions of Americans living in poverty make too much and aren’t old enough to qualify for Medicaid.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, obamacare, Rankings, States

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Study: Red states most impacted by shutdown

Red states are being hit harder by the shutdown, thanks to high numbers of federal employees.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rankings, shutdown, States

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Western U.S. best for business, Tax Foundation says

An oil boom in the western United States is allowing states to lower tax rates. A new report says that makes for a better business climate.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Carolina, Rankings, States, taxes, texas, wyoming

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Drug overdoses kill more people than auto accidents in 29 states

Drug overdoses kill more Americans than motor vehicles in 29 states, despite new laws aimed at curbing abuse.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:22 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  drug use, drugs, health, Rankings, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Oregon likely to try again on sales tax

Oregon’s budget took a hit when income rates fell during the recession. Now, sales taxes are on the table.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  income tax, Oregon, Rankings, sales tax, States, taxes

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Where federal workers live

Four states and the District of Columbia are home to more than 100,000 federal workers each.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal workers, Rankings, shutdown

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013

New York, D.C.-area workers face longest commutes

People in major metro areas spend more time commuting, with many using public transportation.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  commute, Rankings, States, Transportation

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 09/26/2013

The Midwest is really good at the SATs

High school students in Illinois and North Dakota scored best, with only bragging rights at stake.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:40 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Illinois, North Dakota, Rankings, States

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Report: 86,000 deaths a year would be avoided if some states improved their health systems

There’s a nearly fourfold disparity between the best and worst state health systems.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Healthcare, Rankings

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Household incomes stabilize, but still below 2000 levels

The U.S. median household income was flat last year, but incomes remain far below 2000 levels.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Rankings, States

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 09/18/2013

FBI: Chicago passes New York as murder capital of U.S.

The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:54 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago, crimes, murders, New York City, Rankings, States

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Colorado rarely experiences flooding disasters

Colorado is one of the more disaster-prone states, but not usually because of flooding.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:48 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, disasters, flooding, floods, Rankings, States, texas

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Wyoming legislators want higher beer tax

Legislators are contemplating raising a tax that’s held steady since 1935.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  beer, Rankings, States, taxes, wyoming

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 09/12/2013

California’s minimum wage is about to hit $10 an hour

The California legislature will likely vote to make the state’s minimum wage the highest in the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:07 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, jerry brown, minimum wage, Rankings, taxes

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013

The Northeast is getting older, and it’s going to cost them

Northeastern states are aging rapidly, and states are scrambling to deal with the associated costs.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  aging, demographics, medicaid, medicare, population, Rankings, States

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Wisconsinites are the NFL’s biggest fans

More Green Bay residents say they’re “very interested” in the NFL than any other fan base.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  football, nfl, Rankings, redskins, States

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Where public employees are paid the most

Census Bureau data shows it pays to work in higher ed in New Jersey, not elementary schools in Maine.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:41 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, maine, missouri, new jersey, public employees, Rankings, state employees, States

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 08/28/2013

All your suspicions confirmed: Washington has nation’s worst drivers

Drivers in Washington, D.C. are more than twice as likely to get into traffic accidents than the national average.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:27 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  driving, Rankings, States, washington dc

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Moody's upgrades state outlooks

Economies in most states have stabilized after five years of recession and recovery, inspiring new confidence in state bonds, according to the ratings agency Moody's.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:05 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, housing, moody's, Rankings, ratings

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 08/23/2013

How much are your legislators paid?

The vast majority of the 7,383 legislators around the country are paid well below a living wage.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:36 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislatures, paid, Rankings, salaries, States

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/23/2013

The region with the most economic potential? The South

Economic conditions are ripe for growth in the South, according to one new ranking.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:43 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rankings, South, States

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Report: Long-term education investments lead to higher wages

A new report finds a strong correlation between a state's education levels and both higher productivity and higher wages.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, education, growth, productivity, Rankings, States, taxes

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Ranking the states: Credit card debt

Alaska residents hold more credit card debt per capita than any other state, while the Midwest is more frugal.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:50 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alaska, credit cards, debt, iowa, Rankings, spending, States