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Month: July 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Illinois is the 12th Most Dangerous State for Older Drivers

Americans 65 years of age and older are 21% more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than the population as a whole. While people of this age group account for 14.5% of the total population, they represent 17.5% of all traffic fatalities. The difference between the likelihood of traffic fatalities among older Americans […]

Illinois Has the 8th Lowest Rate of Skin Cancer

An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Diagnosis rates of melanoma — one of the most common and deadly forms of skin cancer — doubled in the United States between 1982 and 2011. Meanwhile, skin cancer treatment cost Americans $8.1 billion a year from 2007 to 2011, more than […]

Chicago’s Unemployment Rate is Higher than Most Cities

The U.S. unemployment rate hit 4.8% in December, down from 5.4% the year before. Job market improvements across the country point to a broad recovery from the Great Recession. The recovery, however, is anything but uniform. While unemployment rates in 23 metro areas are lower than 3%, they are greater than 10% in 12 metro […]

Chicago is More Stressed-Out Than 85% of American Cities

Money is the single largest cause of stress in the United States. Although the economy has been recovering from the Great Recession and aggregate income has been rising, many Americans face increasing debt burdens, stagnant wages, and rising poverty levels. According to the American Psychological Association, Americans’ stress levels are trending downward. However, the improvements […]

Chicago is the 4th Most American City

The electorate for the upcoming election will be the most racially diverse in U.S. history. Polling data and election coverage have shown an increasingly polarized America, and political analysts have struggled to identify who the average American is. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of social and economic data for all 381 U.S. metro areas […]

Illinois is the 20th Most Violent State

Although the risk of deadly shootings appears to have escalated, violence in the United States is trending downward. In 1995, there were 685 violent incidents per 100,000 people nationwide. By 2014, the national violent crime rate had fallen to 366 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The United States is far from the most peaceful place […]

Chicago is Among the Richest 15% of American Cities

U.S. median household income increased in 2014 to $53,657, an increase of roughly $600 from the previous year. Still, U.S. incomes have yet to recover to pre-recession levels. Adjusting for inflation, U.S. 2014 median income was still below its 2009 level. Periods of recession and economic boom have an impact on the overall wealth of […]

Illinois is One of the Hardest States to Buy a Gun

Born from a violent revolution, the U.S. constitution ensures that gun ownership is a fundamental right. Today, there are more than 7.5 million gun stores in the United States, and 29.1% of American adults own at least one firearm of some kind. While the second amendment grants U.S. citizens the right to own guns, federal […]

Chicago is the 22nd Best City to Find Great Jobs

When thinking of relocation, Americans consider an area’s job prospects as among the most important factors. While other factors such as the school system or the cost of housing may play a role, a job ensures the viability of the relocation. Of course, one person’s great job may not suit another person’s skill set. Still, […]

Illinois Has the 13th Lowest Share of People on Disability

More than 10 million Americans received Social Security disability benefits in 2014. These benefits — paid to disabled workers, disabled widows and widowers, and some other disabled adults — totaled $11.4 billion per month nationwide, a substantial increase from the $6.1 billion paid monthly a decade earlier. The number of disability beneficiaries varies between states. […]

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