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Texas Ranks the 15th Lowest in Gender Equality

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. Women and men around the world will celebrate in support of gender equality and equal opportunity for all. Some will participate in organized protests like A Day Without A Woman, and the International Women’s Strike. For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump represented a step back for […]

One in Four Adults in Texas Have Past-Due Medical Debt

The vast majority of people have experienced, are dealing with, or will someday likely endure any number of medical problems. Serious diseases, chronic conditions, and grave injuries or accidents often mean a trip to the nearest hospital. In the United States — even for those with health insurance — such events are often extremely costly. […]

Petroleum Engineers Hold the Most Iconic Job in Texas

Whether it is a gaming supervisor in Nevada, a farm worker in California, an extraction worker in North Dakota, or a petroleum engineer in Texas, one occupation is often more strongly associated with a state than any other. Such iconic occupations can be identified across the country, and often highlight each state’s unique contribution to […]

Houston Far More Racially Diverse Than Nation

In America today, 62.8% of the population is white, and 12.2% is African American. Dense, urban cities tend to be more racially diverse than the country as a whole. In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area, 38.6% of residents are white and 16.9% are African American. Wealth is often divided along racial lines. Nationwide, the […]

Texas Unemployment Steady in 2016

With 2016 unemployment rates of 2.7%, New Hampshire and South Dakota replaced North Dakota as the states with the lowest unemployment rates — the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday. New Mexico’s 6.7% unemployment rate is the highest in the country, pushing West Virginia and Nevada out of that position. National unemployment figures were […]

Life Expectancy in Texas On Par With Nation

America spent an estimated $9,451 per person on healthcare in 2015, by far the most of any country. However, among wealthy, industrialized nations, the U.S. has the largest share of residents not getting the medical care they need due to financial costs. Among the 35 member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, […]

Sales Tax in Texas Higher Than Most States

Because sales tax is regressive — disproportionately affecting poorer residents — the decision to raise or lower the sales tax rate is often accompanied by intense debate. Still, last year, hundreds of cities and several states raised sales tax rates, although many others lowered rates as well. Sales taxes are levied by both state and […]

Why Public Transit Use is Less Common in Houston

An estimated 5.2% of American workers commute on public transit. Larger, denser cities often require comprehensive public transportation systems that can reduce residents’ dependence on automobiles and help decrease traffic congestion, air pollution, and in some cases, travel time. In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area, 2.2% of workers commute on public transit, smaller than […]

One in Three Adults in Texas is Getting Too Little Sleep

More than one in three adults in America are getting less sleep than they need. While insufficient sleep is often considered normal, it can have dramatic effects on a population’s health and productivity. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health, sleep deprivation in America is a largely unaddressed and growing public health […]

Texas Among the Best States For Business

For 83 straight months, nearly seven years, the U.S. private sector has added jobs. Unemployment has steadily declined and remains close to a 10-year low. And with investors confident about the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 20,000 mark early this year. By these and other key measures, business in the United […]

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