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How Does Every U.S. State Compare in Their Recess Policies?

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If you are in your twenties or older, you probably look back to your elementary school days and remember recess fondly. Sadly, over the years some schools in the US have done away with recess entirely in order to boost test scores. Even though there are studies that contradict that very notion. In 2016, psychologist Karrie Godwin researched the attentiveness of elementary students during class and found they could focus better with lessons that were taught with short breaks. Recess and brain breaks not only help students decompress, but also encourages them to practice social skills and allows them to play creatively with their own imaginations. The students in the study were found to be more focused and less distracted when they were allowed short breaks. You may be surprised to find out that most states do not have any laws that require recess in schools. There are only five states that mandate a 20-minute break. This map of recess policies across America gives each state a grade letter score from A to F.

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Massachusetts which is currently receives a D score has the opportunity to improve their grade if a recent bill is passed that requires 20 minutes of recess. There are some states like Maine, Maryland, Oregon, South Carolina, and Wisconsin where recess can be withheld from a student as a form of punishment. The best recess policies on the map are found in states that mandate 20-30 minutes of daily recess. Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Arkansas, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, and Rhode Island all got A’s.

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The Biggest Company in Every Country Around the World

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Have you ever wondered how many people have an iPhone? There are over 1.2 billion iPhone users in the world! Here are a few other mind-blowing Apple statistics; according to Counterpoint Research, Apple has around a 16% market share of the global smartphone industry and a 50% market share of the US smartphone industry. These impressive statistics make sense when you consider how Apple is the biggest company in the world by market value! We love this new fascinating chart (you can find the full list if you follow that link) of the biggest companies in every country.

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From a design perspective, I appreciate just how much information is packed on here in a structured, digestible way. The color coding provides quick insights into the leading industry in every country. The page provides additional knowledge on the world’s leading companies. Not only does Apple have the greatest market value in the world at $2.64 trillion, it is also the largest tech company by revenue. They are the second largest phone manufacturer after Samsung, which is South Korea’s largest company with a market value of $367.3 billion. A gander through the master list of most valuable companies on the page shows that many are in the banking industry, followed closely by the energy industry. Out of the 90 companies explored, 24 are banks and 23 are in the energy sector. Technology also excels; the biggest company in Asia is the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with a market value of $494.6 billion. Founded in 1987, it was the first dedicated semiconductor foundry and has been leading the pack ever since.

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Maps Show What Matters Most To People Around the World

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What matters most to you? What do you find most fulfilling? What would a happy life look like to you? While the answers to these questions are profoundly influenced by your own personal experiences and background, your homeland may play a role too. This simple and beautiful chart by MoveHub.com explores what matters most in every country based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Better Life Index.

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what-matters-most-chartistryI find this visualization absolutely captivating and genius; the key made from a wave of colors unites grace and functionality, and the maps are easy to comprehend. You can spot outliers with ease – for example, Georgia, Papua New Guinea, and Slovenia are among the only countries that value environment the most. Community is another rare top value with only Bhutan and Zimbabwe at a quick scan. What about jobs? We spend most of our time at work, so you would think jobs would have a bigger fan base, but I have only found Moldova! Many Scandinavian countries value life satisfaction the most – they may be onto something, because they are also among the happiest countries in the world!

Overall, it is both soothing and thought-provoking in its simplicity. I love charts like these because it makes me reflect both inward and outward – the world truly is a mosaic of cultures with diverse values, priorities, and “recipes” for happiness! Be sure to explore the Better Life Index – it is fascinating! It delves deeper into the data behind the responses and offers more insight into each country. For example, the top five for the United States are life satisfaction, health, education, work-life balance, and environment.

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Where in the US Has Rent Become Most (and Least) Affordable?

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The pandemic saw a large shift in many aspects of daily life with many people completely shifting their entire location as well. Texas saw the largest increase in new residents by far with tens of thousands moving to Kaufman, Comal and Rockwall county. Florida was another state that saw a large increase of new folks in the neighborhood. Many of these people citing job loss, unhappiness with their states representatives in government and cost of living as their reasons for moving. Rent and mortgage rates have played a large roll also in where residents are leaving and flocking to and who can blame them? A NYC one bedroom apartment averages close to $4,000 a month where as a one bedroom in El Paso Texas averages around $810 per month. This great chart from Housinglist.com shows where in the US Rent is the most and least affordable.

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You may already know the outrageous cost of living in NYC, Miami, Boston and LA, but did you know Tampa, Florida, Detroit, Michigan and Rochester, New York will cost you above average in rent? Rochester only has a median income of $37,395 and median rent for a one bedroom there is just over $1200 per month making their percentage of household income going to rent for the year almost 36%. To compare, if you want to rent a one bedroom in Wichita Kansas it will only cost you under $700 or just 15.49% of household income for the year. Where would you choose to live on this map? Are you seeing these prices reflected in your area?

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