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How Far Has Spring Made It?

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Spring is the season between winter and summer where temperatures begin to gradually rise. Spring brings forward ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation and renewal. Springtime is when flowers bloom and trees bud. Many animals give birth in the spring too. Bunnies, deer, goats, skunks, birds, and more are all born in the spring season. Although it doesn’t arrive on the same day each year, spring always falls on March 19, March 20, or March 21 in the northern hemisphere. The entire process of rising temps and budding trees begins at different times across the United States. Take a look at this map below put together by Redditor u/Jsillin who looked at data from the USA National Phenology Network to create this chart.

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How Far Has Spring Made It?

As of April 3rd 2021, you can see where the first buds and small leaves have sprung starting in the southern half of the United States. While much of the south is already in full bloom, the majority of states in the Mideast have buds on their trees outside. About half of Pennsylvania is seeing the first leaves of the season with the rest of the northern half and states above still waiting to see small leaves on their trees. In the western states, spring takes a little bit more time to show up. Even though Colorado does not have leaves on its trees just yet, its neighbor to the East, Kansas, does. As I sit in my home on the east coast, looking out my window, I see the first baby buds on the trees outside, a sure sign that green leaves are not so far away! After the year we have all had in lockdown, this spring rebirth is a poignant reminder of what we have all overcome.

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Where in the U.S. Have the Highest (and Lowest) High School Graduation Rates?

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The United States is a colossal country with an incredible range of beliefs, livelihoods, and experiences. One thing that unifies the vast majority of America is school. Federal laws require that children receive some form of education (public, private, homeschooling, etc.) for a period of time. In 2021, the average high school graduation rate in the United States was 85.3%. This incredibly detailed chart by the U.S. Career Institute explores how this rate varies across U.S. counties.

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Visually, I really appreciate the use of formal, “prestigious” colors for the heat map and throughout the chart. The header font is excellent; I am planning to use it in some of my own projects! The diploma-like border is a nice touch. Let’s take a closer look at the extra-large and small counties so we can get a more complete picture of how graduation rates vary across America.

Here are the top five extra-large counties with the high school highest graduation rates:

  1. Alleghany, Pennsylvania – 95%
  2. Oakland, Michigan – 94%
  3. Collin, Texas – 94%
  4. Montgomery, Pennsylvania – 94%
  5. King, Washington – 93%

And here are the five extra-large counties with the lowest high school graduation rates:

  1. Bronx, NY – 73%
  2. Kern, California – 74%
  3. Fresno, California – 76%
  4. El Paso, Texas – 78%
  5. Los Angeles, California – 79%

Here are the top 5 small counties with the highest high school graduation rates:

  1. Falls Church City, Virginia – 99%
  2. Clear Creek, Colorado – 99%
  3. Petroleum, Montana – 99%
  4. Morgan, Utah – 98%
  5. Gilpin, Colorado – 98%

And lastly, here are the top 5 small counties with the lowest high school graduation rates:

  1. Kenedy, Texas – 26%
  2. Presidio, Texas – 53%
  3. Hudspeth, Texas – 56%
  4. Clark, Idaho – 60%
  5. Issaquena, Mississippi – 61%

I suppose not everything is bigger in Texas after all. All kidding aside, I looked into why the education system in Texas is failing so many children. Some issues I encountered are low teacher salary, dropouts from traditional schooling in favor of trade school or other alternatives, gun violence, mental health struggles, and conflict surrounding how to assess children’s performance. It is such a massive state, so it is no wonder that reform comes slowly and with a lot of resistance.

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Which Countries Offer the Most Mandated Maternity Leave Around the World?

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There is no denying that navigating parenthood is challenging, especially during a pandemic. If you are in the United States, you have to overcome the additional obstacle of parental leave, or lack thereof. Despite the fact that most developed countries in the world offer federally mandated paid parental leave, the United States does not. In fact, the U.S. has the enormous dishonor of being considered the only wealthy nation that offers no national paid parental leave. Let’s take a look at how parental leave compares across the globe.

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As showcased by this chart created by PlaygroundEquipment.com, European countries such as Estonia, Bulgaria, and Hungary excel at providing their citizens with ample paid parental leave. On the map, the United States sticks out like a sore thumb. So why does this matter? The benefits of paid leave are well-documented. Here are just a handful of the benefits:

    • Supports children’s growth and development
    • Supports the physical and emotional health of the entire family unit
    • Supports family economic security
    • Develops stronger bonds
    • Benefits businesses and the economy by boosting productivity, employee retention, morale, and labor force participation

In studies of California’s paid leave program, around 90% of businesses reported either a positive or neutral impact on productivity and nearly all businesses (99%) highlighted positive or neutral effects on employee morale. 87% of businesses reported no increase in costs and 9% even reported savings thanks to lower rates of employee turnover and reduced spending on employee benefits. Perhaps it is time for America to catch up with the rest of the world.

Subject matter aside, it is truly a beautiful visualization! The header is bold and eye-catching, with the woman’s hair flowing down and leading the eye to the vibrant map. The country charts are dynamic and striking, and it has an overall energy that we hope can spark interest in paid parental leave reform.

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New Map Shows the Oldest Business in (Almost) Every Country in the World

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When you think of old businesses, do you think of your grandfather’s barber shop from the 1950’s or that amazing Italian restaurant in the city from the 1880’s? What about a distillery from the 1700’s? Or a winery from the 800’s! This amazing chart from the team at Cloud Peak Law Group shows the oldest continually running businesses in every country around the world and some may surprise you.

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The map is comprised of 165 countries with a date range from 578 AD to 1999. A few notable mentions that caught my eye would be the first one listed on the map from the year 578, Kongō Gumi, a family-owned construction company that began centuries building Buddhist temples in Japan. Over 200 years later would be the next oldest on the map, also said to be the oldest restaurant in the world, St. Peter Stiftskulinarum in Austria. This incredible building is just one of Austria’s unique treasures and must-see tourist spots. Located in St Peter’s Abbey in the city of Salzburg, this restaurant has had many famous guests including Christopher Columbus, astrologer Johann Georg Faust, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. On the opposite side of the spectrum, it is interesting to see the businesses who have the youngest timeline for their countries oldest business. In equatorial Guinea, Guinea Equatorial Airlines, which was started in 1996, is their oldest running business. In Kosovo, the Meridian Corporation is the oldest running business in the country, and it was only started 23 years ago.

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