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Why Houston is the 12th Worst American City to Drive

Having a car inspires feelings of freedom and conjures images of the open road. But the reality of being an auto owner can be an entirely different experience. High gas prices, long commutes, and sometimes deadly accidents are daily concerns for drivers. The drawbacks to car ownership and driving are far more pronounced in some […]

Beyonce is the Most Famous Musician From Texas

While culture is not the largest of U.S. exports, it has had the most pronounced and observable effect on the world. Global entertainment is dominated by U.S.-produced art, with music as a leading form. From rock and roll to rap music to pop, the world loves American music. American music is not itself a distinct […]

Texas Trails Most States in Higher Education

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 […]

Household Incomes in Texas 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 Lubbock is the Worst City to Live in Texas

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 […]

Why Schools in Texas Trail 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 […]

Texas Infrastructure Stronger Than Most States

The U.S. economy is the largest in the world, topping a GDP of $18.6 trillion in 2016. An economic powerhouse as massive and diversified as the United States depends on a network of highways, bridges, airports, and dams to thrive. And while the economy has grown every year since the recession officially ended in 2009, […]

Texas Infrastructure Stronger Than Most States

The U.S. economy is the largest in the world, topping a GDP of $18.6 trillion in 2016. An economic powerhouse as massive and diversified as the United States depends on a network of highways, bridges, airports, and dams to thrive. And while the economy has grown every year since the recession officially ended in 2009, […]

Oil and Gas Extraction is the Largest Industry in Texas

One of the strengths of the United States is its diverse economy, which comprises many industries that contribute to overall economic development and greater stability. Total U.S. economic output topped $16 trillion in 2015, and each state’s contribution to overall GDP was unique, both in terms of size and industrial composition. For example, California, New […]

Why Finding Full-Time Work in Texas is Easier Than in Most States

The U.S. unemployment rate is currently 4.4%, nearly its lowest point in a decade. While the unemployment rate reflects the millions of Americans who are out of work and actively seeking employment, the measure does not fully capture the degree to which Americans are unable to find the jobs they want. In addition to those […]

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