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Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island Residents Live Longer Than in Any Florida City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading cause of deaths in the […]

Florida is Less Healthy Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Florida Managed Better Than Most States

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Quality of Life is Lower in Florida

Americans often evaluate their home states according to such subjective conditions as climate preference, the presence of friends and family, and personal history. In addition to these subjective measures, more objective socioeconomic factors also contribute to life satisfaction. It is such quantitative measures that can help assess the broader quality of life in a given […]

Why Students in Florida Graduate College With Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Florida is More Favorable to Women Than Most States

The U.S. could elect the first female president in its history this November. For many advocates, representation in the nation’s highest office could lead to meaningful progress for women’s rights, potentially addressing some of the severe inequalities the nation has yet to overcome. These issues include a gender pay gap, a lack of flexibility in […]

Pennsylvania is One of the Worst States for Black Americans

This is a republication of a story done by 24/7 Wall St. on December 7 of 2015. Racial tension in the United States is at a high point not seen in decades. Increased outrage at incidents of police violence against black Americans and other more structural inequities have led to civil unrest and calls for […]

Florida is One of the Worst States for Black Americans

This is a republication of a story done by 24/7 Wall St. on December 7 of 2015. Racial tension in the United States is at a high point not seen in decades. Increased outrage at incidents of police violence against black Americans and other more structural inequities have led to civil unrest and calls for […]

Jimbo Fisher is the Highest Paid Public Employee in Florida

Nick Saban, head coach of the men’s football team at the University of Alabama, is paid more than $7 million annually. He is the highest paid employee of all U.S. workers employed by a local or state government. In the vast majority of states, college football and basketball coaches are the highest paid public employees. […]

Florida is Less Educated Than Most States

More Americans today hold academic degrees than ever before. The percentage of U.S. adults who completed a four-year college degree has steadily increased over the past 75 years — from 5.0% in 1940 to 30.6% in 2015, according to new data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The college attainment rate increased in 19 […]

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