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Houston Has the 22nd Worst Health Insurance Coverage

When compared to European countries and other developed nations such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, The United States stands out as the only nation without a publicly financed universal health care system. Around one third of U.S. residents are covered by public programs, namely Medicaid and Medicare. Including private coverage, 88.3% of Americans have […]

Gender Pay Gap in Houston No Better Than Nation

The gender pay gap has narrowed substantially since the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963. Still, the typical woman working full time in the United States earns $40,022 a year — or only about 80% of the median annual income for men working full time of $50,119. A study conducted by the Pew Research […]

Houston 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 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area, the unemployment rate of 5.7% is higher than the national figure and far lower than the city’s recessionary peak unemployment rate of 8.4%. The industry composition within […]

Bachelor’s Attainment Rate in Houston On Par With Nation

A college education can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life, and it may be more important now than ever before. Studies show the typical four-year college graduate earns $21,000 more than the typical high school graduate. A four-year college degree may not make sense for everyone, however, and many are unable to afford […]

Why Diabetes is Less Prevalent in Houston

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 29.1 million Americans today have diabetes. While diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., most cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable. Diabetes can be prevented by healthy eating, weight management, and an active lifestyle — factors which vary heavily by geography. […]

Deadly Police Chases More Common in Texas Than Most States

Police chases, as exciting as they are in movies, can result in accidents — sometimes fatal ones. The victims can be the perpetrator, an officer, or innocents. According to a report released May 9 by the U.S. Department of Justice, the 68,000 vehicle pursuits by state and local law enforcement agencies conducted in 2012 resulted […]

Texas Among the States With the Least Fatal Accidents

Abruptly losing a loved one in an accident is one of life’s greatest tragedies. While often regarded as rare, approximately one American dies in an accident every four minutes. In fact, fatalities from car crashes, drug overdoses, and other accidents are the most common types of death in the first half of an American’s life. […]

Texas Less Dependent on Trade With Canada Than Most States

The United States Department of Commerce imposed on Monday a 20% import tax on softwood lumber from Canada. The measure is the latest indication of mounting economic tensions between the U.S. and its northern ally. In a press release, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, “It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade […]

Why Cancer is Less Common in Houston

Surpassed by only heart disease, cancer is second leading cause of death in the United States. There are roughly 448 cases of cancer per 100,000 Americans, accounting for 22.5% of all deaths nationwide. In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area, an estimated 422 out of every 100,000 residents have been diagnosed with cancer, lower than […]

10.6% of Electricity in Texas Produced From Renewables

Climate change is widely viewed as one of the long-term events most threatening to the Earth and human life. Research shows that since the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s, changes in the Earth’s climate are due in part to human activity — specifically, the burning of fossil fuels and the emission of greenhouse gas. Fossil […]

Nearly 60% of Adults in Texas Use Only Cell Phones

Americans are steadily abandoning traditional telephone landlines and exclusively using wireless devices. While 8.4% of U.S. households used only cellphones in 2005, this was true of nearly half of all American households only a decade later. The likelihood of living in a cellphone-only household varies considerably across states. New Jersey has the lowest share of […]

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