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Month: August 2016

Texas Has the 5th Lowest Vaccination Rate

Despite longstanding recommendations to vaccinate, preventable infectious diseases are still a major cause of disability and death in the United States. The current immunization schedule saves 33,000 lives, prevents 14 million cases of disease, and saves tens of billions of dollars in health care costs a year. While progress has been achieved, still an estimated […]

Houston is Among the Bottom 20% of Cities in Homeownership

Home purchases in the United States have rebounded since the the recession that began in late 2007. The residential real estate market is a major pillar of the economy and returning interest in home buying is a healthy sign of economic activity. Over the last decade, however, the homeownership rate has steadily declined — from […]

Texas is Worse Than Most States for Healthy Retirement

The number of senior citizens living in the United States is expected to double in the next 25 years. The aging baby boom generation and improved medical technology will lead to significant increased demand for health care, palliative care, and other industries specifically tailored to the aging population. Some states are likely better prepared than […]

Houston is the 17th Fastest Shrinking Housing Market

The U.S. housing sector is gradually returning to pre-crisis levels. Home prices rose for four consecutive years to a median of $222,400 at the end of 2015, the highest since 2007. Prices rose further in the second quarter — by 4.9% from the same time a year ago. With increased home values as well as […]

Houston Has the 17th Fastest Shrinking Housing Market

The U.S. housing sector is gradually returning to pre-crisis levels. Home prices rose for four consecutive years to a median of $222,400 at the end of 2015, the highest since 2007. Prices rose further in the second quarter — by 4.9% from the same time a year ago. With increased home values as well as […]

Texas is Among the Easiest States to Find Full-Time Work

More than a quarter million jobs were added to the U.S. economy in July, and the official unemployment rate remained unchanged at just under 5%, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, some of these jobs were undesired part-time positions, and the official unemployment rate often gives an incomplete […]

Houston’s High School Graduation Rate is Among the Top 20% of American Cities

The high school graduation rate across the nation reached a record high of 82% in school year 2013-2014. While American students overall are graduating at a higher rate than ever before, some areas of the country have much lower graduation rates. Based on data from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the […]

Texas is Among the Worst States for Black Americans

The Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1965 made great strides toward racial equality. However, this legislation — ending decades of government-sponsored racial oppression and intended to reverse the effects of hundreds of years of slavery — by no means resolved racial inequality in the United States. Racial differences in the United States are […]

Houston is Among the Best 15% of Cities for Single Mothers

Raising children on a single income is no easy feat, and single mothers in the United States struggle more than almost any other group of Americans. Still, some cities are easier for single mothers trying to make ends meet — and some cities are far worse. The costs of housing, food, childcare, and education give […]

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