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Comparing Gun Friendliness in Each State to Their Firearm Homicide Rate

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Guns have always been a topic of contention in America. Pro-gun roups constantly clash with gun-control advocates over second amendment rights. It is often at the forefront of political debate, Republicans typically being on the pro-gun side and Democrats being for stricter gun control. When there is a violent mass shooting or an uptick in gun violence in the United States, new gun control measures become a renewed topic of discussion on news programs. Many major federal gun control laws in the United States are the result of a violent firearm-related incident. Although there are several federal gun control laws, state gun laws can vary greatly. For example, you can openly carry a firearm with a license if you are in the state of Texas. In New York, you can only carry concealed with a license. NY state also prohibits any state resident without a NYS Pistol License from owning a handgun at all, but if you were a resident in South Carolina you could walk into a gun shop and walk out with a handgun without needing a license. It can be much easier or more difficult to obtain firearms depending on your geographic location.

But do a state’s gun control restrictions have any effect on the gun violence in that state?

This extensive map from Joslyn Law Firm called ‘Comparing Gun Control Measures to Gun-Related Homicides by State‘ is an excellent resource. They give each state a ‘gun friendliness score’ and the lower the score, the tougher the gun restrictions.

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Below are the 10 states with the highest firearm homicide rates in the country along with their gun-friendliness scores:

  1. Louisiana: 11.0 (3)
  2. Mississippi: 10.2 (5)
  3. Alabama: 9.5 (4)
  4. Missouri: 8.5 (5)
  5. Maryland: 7.4 (1)
  6. South Carolina: 7.4 (3)
  7. Tennessee: 6.7 (4)
  8. Illinois: 6.5 (2)
  9. Arkansas: 6.2 (3)
  10. Georgia: 6.2 (4)

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This Map Shows Mobile Data Costs in Almost Every Country on the Planet

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Mobile phones truly rule the world – around 91% of people own a mobile phone and 83.32% of people own a smartphone! In fact, you may be reading this on your smartphone right now from the convenience and comfort of your own couch! In order to make the most of our mobile devices, we need access to data. Not all access to data is created equal; the price of one gigabyte of data in one country may be vastly different than another, even if they are right beside each other. So where are people paying the most for their cell phone bill? The team at VoiceNation has created a fascinating visualization of the average cost of cell phone data around the world. Check it out:

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To put things into perspective, consider that the global average cost of 1 GB of data is $4.07. Compare that to the most expensive country, Equatorial Guinea, where people pay an average of $49.67 for 1 GB! Israel has the least expensive data in the world at just $.05 per 1 GB. What can you do with 1 GB of data? According to MakeUseOf.com, 1 GB of data equals five hours of mobile web browsing, 30 minutes of HD video streaming, five hours of mobile gaming, and 18 hours of music streaming. That means in the most expensive country, it could cost around $200 just to watch a movie on your phone! In Israel, you could watch it for $.20. Overall, this chart is effective at conveying mobile data prices around the world in a quick and compelling way. How much do you pay for mobile data and where do you live? We would love to hear from you in the comments!

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Which Cities Truly Never Sleep? This Chart Shows the Cities With the Most Night Workers

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The world never truly sleeps – humans are working hard around the clock trying to make a living, provide for their families, afford their hobbies, or just make it to the next meal. While many of us are blissfully sinking into our pillows, night shift workers are just beginning their “day” of work. A typical night shift, or third shift, involves working from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM or 5 PM to 2 AM. So where are these night workers most abundant? NapLab has created a chart exploring the U.S. cities with the most people working night jobs. Before you scroll down, take a guess at the top city. I did my first time discovering it – I’ll share my answer below!

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My initial guess was Detroit, Michigan. I have never been, but something about it just oozes “burning the midnight oil”. What was your guess? Comment below! In reality, the top city with the most night workers is Las Vegas, Nevada, which actually makes absolute sense considering its reputation for a dazzling, chaotic and never-ending nightlife. 16.53% of Vegas’ workforce works the night shift! After all, you would never expect a city with the monikers “Sin City”, “Neon Capital of the World”, “Entertainment Capital of the World” and “City of Light” to become a quiet little hamlet once the sun sets. I felt a little better when I discovered that my guess, Detroit, ranks 28th with 11.93% of the workforce manning the night shift.

Overall, I appreciate the overall feel of the chart – the colors convey the topic exceptionally, and the header is lovely and eye-catching. I have never seen this data visualized before, so I appreciate the opportunity to learn something new about the culture and economy of America.

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U.S. Cities Where Home Prices Have Increased the Most Since the Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted prices and expenses across the board. From groceries to living costs, most people are feeling a hit to their wallets. Housing costs in particular have been rising exponentially. Where in the United States have they been rising the most?

The following visualization shows where in the U.S. home prices have increased the most since the pandemic. The graphic utilizes a pin map at the top to indicate where each of the cities are located, and then uses a column range chart to depict the change in home prices between January 2020 and July 2022.

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These are the cities that have seen the biggest increase in home prices since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020:

  1. Cape Coral, FL: 85.96%
  2. Round Rock, TX: 80.94%
  3. St. Petersburg, FL: 76.92%
  4. Port St. Lucie, FL: 72.88%
  5. Clearwater, FL: 71.09%
  6. Surprise, AZ: 69.93%
  7. Nampa, ID: 69.69%
  8. Tampa, FL: 69.35%
  9. Austin, TX: 69.05%
  10. Gilbert, AZ: 68.54%

Unsurprisingly, since many employees are now allowed to work from home, warmer locations have become popular places for relocation. This could play a part in why home prices are increasing in states like Florida and Arizona.

On the flip side, these are the cities where home prices have risen the least since the pandemic:

  1. Odessa, TX: -1.98%
  2. Midland, TX: 6.27%
  3. Washington, DC: 10.47%
  4. San Francisco, CA: 11.27%
  5. Las Cruces, NM: 11.35%
  6. New York, NY: 12.95%
  7. Laredo, TX: 15.85%
  8. Boston, MA: 15.91%
  9. Minneapolis, MN: 16.72%
  10. Shreveport, LA: 16.96%

Odessa, TX is the only place where home prices have decreased. Major cities like San Francisco, New York City, and Boston have also experienced low levels of home price increases, likely due to many people leaving large cities during the pandemic.

Which city on the list is most surprising to you?

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