“Coming Apart – The State of White America 1960-2010″ by Charles Murray focuses on the increasing divergence of upper and lower classes in the United States. Besides the economic inequality, the two classes are actually becoming different cultures.
There, I just summarized the first half of the book, and saved you untold hours of wading [...]
This July was the hottest on record in the U.S. and 2012 is on track to be our hottest year ever. You better believe Americans are cranking the A/C and heading for the swimming holes.
But when it comes to my “cool cities” study, I’m talking about the other kind of cool. The sunglasses, Levi’s [...]
Charitable Giving in the United States Who tops our “Shame Score”?
A report was released today by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, titled “How America Gives.” The report maps charitable giving by state, city and neighborhood, by analyzing IRS personal income tax data at the zip code level. Using the amount of charitable deductions, The Chronicle’s [...]
Can you really retire in America and only spend $100 a day? Turns out it’s a lot more possible than you might think.
When I started this recent study with AARP, I’d expected only about 20 or 30 U.S. cities would be this affordable. But I was surprised to discover that most U.S. metro areas have [...]
There have been a number of news stories over the last two years about how the wealthy are fleeing states which have increased taxes on the highest tax brackets.
I’ll show you this line of thinking is not borne out by the facts, and is irrational to boot.
Here’s an example; a new story from [...]
Time flies! It’s time again for one of our most popular studies, our fourth annual list of America’s Manliest Cities.
It elicits a chuckle from some folks – but not only is Manliness important, it turns out it’s also quite quantifiable.
We look at things like number of major-league sports teams, nearby NASCAR events, steakhouses [...]