U.S. by the Numbers: Figuring What's Left, Right and Wrong with America State by State
"U.S. by the Numbers" looks at literally hundreds of indicators--taxes, budgets, education, crime, the economy and business, demographic trends, politics and government, the environment, health care, and other societal and lifestyle areas--to reveal how each state and the country as a whole measure up to the rest of the world as we enter a new century. Through quick, easy-to-digest statistical charts and graphs, they examine which states are involved most effectively in the "Entrepreneurial Revolution," where private enterprise and ingenuity take on the challenges of providing public services. They also look at which states perform well in terms of crime, taxes and education'¦.which states carry the heaviest government spending and debt burdens'¦where economic growth and job creation are robust and where they lag'¦ which states spend the most on the environment, which have the highest abortion rate, and much, much more.
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1996 Average Rank 1997 Percent Rank average of $789 Business Incorporations capita disposable income Capital Gains Tax crime rate increased Debt Outstanding debt registered Democrats Employee Payrolls Nonagricultural exceeding the U.S. Full-Time-Equivalent Student gross domestic product gross receipts taxes gross state product Growth in Employee health-care spending Higher Education hospital spending Institutions of Higher lowest tax rate Medicaid nation and exceeding nation and trailing nation from lowest nation—as compared national average Natural Resources Spending parks and recreation police protection spending Prisons Per 1,000 property crime rate property taxes Public Institutions Public School 8th-Grade public school spending public welfare spending pupil public school rate to highest real per capita Real Per Pupil recreation spending Republicans sales and gross School Teacher Salaries Tax A rate taxes increased topping the U.S. Total Education Spending trailing the U.S. U.S. average U.S. increase U.S. Real U.S. Representatives U.S. Senators versus a U.S. versus an increase