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Per Capita State and Local Government Expenditures for Hospitals

In 2011, the national average of per capita expenditures was $475. With so many Americans uninsured, did that cause a rise in expenditures for hospitals? Which states spend the most on their hospitals, and how does your state compare?

How To: Create a trend line chart of up to 6 states. Search or browse for a data series, then click on the Compare tab and select the states to compare. You can view the data as a line chart or in a table.

Source: CQ Press using data from U.S. Bureau of the Census, Governments Division, "2011 State and Local Government Finances" (http://www.census.gov/govs/local/)

Milk Production per Cow v. Milk Cows on Farms

With a focus on organic food and hormone-free animal products, how much are milk are we trying to get from each milk cow? Are we pushing them too far? Do states with larger dairy industries (more milk cows) have more efficient milk production?

How To: Create your own scatterplot to compare any two data series for a correlation. Select a data series, and choose Compare Data Series on the Compare tab. Select what data series you would like to compare and view as a scatterplot or table. Click on a region to highlight states from that region.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, "Milk Production, Disposition and Income: 2012 Summary" (April 2013), (http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1105)

Murder Rate with Firearms in 2012

With the debate around new gun laws since the Sandy Hook Shooting in 2012, media outlets are reporting stories about shootings and gun violence almost every day. Yet murders using firearms continue to decrease every year since the early 1990s. Is this recent hot topic just media hype, or is it an indication of a much bigger problem?

How to: To create your own map visualization, search or browse to select a data series, and then click on a state to display the ranking for that state.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States 2012" (Uniform Crime Reports, September 16, 2013, http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/)

ACT Average Reading Score

When it comes to standardized tests, many people choose either the SATs or the ACTs. However, a few states require their students to take them. Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming all mandate that all eleventh grade students take the tests. So how does that impact their average scores, and what does that say about the reading or mathematic ability of the students in the state as a whole? How are your own students doing?

How to: Check out the detailed state view for any data series by double clicking on any state from the interactive map. To return to the default view, click the Back to Map button in the upper left.

Source: The American College Testing Program (Copyright 2013) "Average ACT Scores by State" (http://www.act.org/newsroom/)

Change in Personal Income: 2011 to 2012

When the recession hit in 2008, which states saw the personal incomes of their residents drop the most? Nevada saw a massive drop in the recession, with personal income levels dropping 5% between 2008 and 2009. While a majority of residents had personal incomes decrease, a few states actually have had their incomes continue to rise throughout the recession and up through the present day. Where has the best and worst place to weather the recession been?

How to: Create your own table by searching or browsing for a data series and clicking on the View as Table tab underneath the title. Scroll through all available years and see how the data has changed over time.

Source: 2011-2012 Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, "Annual State Personal Income" (http://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?ReqID=70&step=1)

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