“How We Rate” Sources

How we learned where Minnesota ranks in everything from health to wealth, hotness to happiness


Population

www.census.gov/compendia/statab/rankings.html

Godliness
www.gallup.com/poll/114022/state-states-importance-religion.aspx

Sharing
Carpooling: factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=&-ds_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_&-_lang=en&-mt_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_GCT0803_US9F&-format=US-9F&-CONTEXT=gct

Charitable donations
www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/publications/ebriefs/EB19_11Press.pdf

Oldest
www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/aging_statistics/Profile/2009/8.aspx

Most liberal
http://www.gallup.com/poll/141677/wyoming-mississippi-utah-rank-conservative-states.aspx

Largest metro
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_United_States_Metropolitan_Statistical_Areas

Drunk driving
www.startribune.com/local/18028674.html

Cleanliness
www.rd.com/travel/50-cleanest-dirtiest-cities-in-america/

Armed and dangerous
Gun ownership: www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-28/states-with-the-most-guns/2/
Gun deaths: www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=113&cat=2

Voter turnout
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-11-01/ranking-states-with-best-and-worst-voter-turnout/

Divorce
www.statemaster.com/graph/lif_div_rat-lifestyle-divorce-rate

Sexiest
www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-02-01/the-most-and-least-attractive-states/

Package size
http://secure.condomania.com/Rankings/

Dating difficulties
www.bestplaces.net/docs/studies/datingcities.aspx

Gayness
http://www.advocate.com/Print_Issue/Travel/Gayest_Cities_in_America_February_2011/

Mrs. Mom
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/fertility/cb10-167.html

Childcare costs
www.naccrra.org/publications/naccrra-publications/publications/State_Fact_Bk_2010_All_070710.pdf

Longevity
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/09/life/source/3.htm

Toothiness
www.statemaster.com/graph/hea_ora_hea_los_of_nat_tee-health-oral-loss-natural-teeth

Binge drinking
http://www.statemaster.com/graph/hea_alc_con_bin_dri-health-alcohol-consumption-binge-drinkers

Autism
www.thoughtfulhouse.org/tech-labs/disabilities/autism-state-rankings-prevalence.php

Happiness
http://www.ahiphiwire.org/wellbeing/

Health insurance
www.gallup.com/poll/122387/uninsured-highest-percentage-texas-lowest-mass.aspx

Diabetes
www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2010/mandated/100425/Minnesota%20Milestones/www.demography.state.mn.us/milestones/indicator4695.html?Id=1098

Big business
www.positivelyminnesota.com/Business/Locating_in_Minnesota/Major_Companies_Employers/Fortune_500_Companies.aspx

Moonlighting
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/minnecon/archive/2010/08/moonlighting-is-recession-proof.shtml

Industry
http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2010/03/art4full.pdf (TABLE 3)

All Aboard
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=01000US&-ds_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_&-_lang=en&-redoLog=false&-mt_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_GCT0804_US9F&-format=US-9F&-CONTEXT=gct

Entrepreneurism
www.kauffman.org/research-and-policy/snei-interactive.aspx

Wages
www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm

Commute
factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-state=gct&-ds_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_&-_box_head_nbr=GCT0801&-mt_name=ACS_2009_5YR_G00_GCT0801_US33F&-redoLog=false&-_caller=geoselect&-geo_id=&-format=US-9F&-_lang=en

Time-wasting
www.nickburcher.com/2010/07/facebook-usa-usage-statistics-by-state.html

Business Friendliness
http://www.cnbc.com/id/37516043/
http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/bp60.pdf

Income
www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2011/ranks/rank29.html

Piggy banks
www.thesunsfinancialdiary.com/personal-finance/nest-egg-index/

Taxes
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/07/minnesota_taxes_by_the_numbers.shtml

Poverty
http://www.census.gov/prod/2010pubs/acsbr09-1.pdf

Higher Ed
http://www.mint.com/blog/trends/student-loans-08242010/?display=wide

Brainiest
www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-04/americas-smartest-cities—from-first-to-worst/

ACT scores
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/18/act-results/

Artsiest
http://miamiartexchange.com/2010/02/states-ranked-by-funding-for-the-arts/

Smarts
http://web.ccsu.edu/amlc/

Teacher salaries
http://www.educationminnesota.com/en/news/newsroom/newsreleases/2010/011510-deadline/funding-facts.aspx

School funding
www.schoolfundingfairness.org/National_Report_Card.pdf

Top high schools
www.parentsunited.org/09120914.html
 

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