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The High School That Scores the Best in Math and Reading in Every State

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What subject did you excel at during high school? What subject was the bane of your existence? For me, math was my arch nemesis and English was my best friend! I was fortunate to go to a high school with a solid reputation, mostly due to my parents doing research on the school district’s quality of education when choosing a place to live. So how is the quality of a high school measured? Of course, there are countless factors that go into how good a school is that can be impossible to quantify. One concrete way to measure the quality of a school are test scores. The team at U.S. Career Institute explored math and reading proficiency scores across the nation to determine the best high school in every state. Check it out:

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These math proficiency scores make me feel extra humble about my struggles with math! However, the best school in West Virginia has a math score of 48%, so I don’t feel so bad. All kidding aside, standardized testing does not provide a complete picture of what a school has to offer; it ignores the developmental and experiential differences a student may have, or the school’s focus on creativity and self-expression. Taking tests can be an overwhelming experience for some, and it may not accurately reflect their knowledge and potential for success. Regardless, test scores are still a valuable tool for gauging the caliber of education a student might receive through attendance.

From a design perspective, I love the choice of colors, they are ideal for an education-focused visualization without being cliché or overdone. The graphs are a compelling way to convey the data, making it easy to compare the math and reading proficiency scores of each state. I do wish there were photos of each school, but I appreciate the minimalist approach that focuses on the numbers efficiently.

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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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The Largest Mergers of All Time, Adjusted for Inflation

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When talking about the world’s largest mergers and acquisitions, it is interesting to see how some companies surged while others have lost so much. According to this visualization, adjusted for inflation in 2022, the largest acquisition was in 1999 when Vodafone purchased German cell company Mannesmann for $297.7 billion dollars. Since that purchase, only the Time Warner acquisition by AOL has even come close, selling for $286.4 billion just one year later in 2000. Read on to learn more in this interesting piece from /u/giteam on Reddit.

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In 1998, Exxon purchased Mobil for $128.3 billion, which shows the enormity of the Vodafone merger. Another major acquisition on this list by a company you have probably heard of is Kraft, which was purchased by Heinz in 2015 for $114.3 billion. AT&T is another well-known business that was purchased by Comcast in 2001 for $110.2 billion. Travelers Insurance Group was purchased by Citicorp in 1998. Let’s continue down the list to see other major mergers from the past. In 1999, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer purchased Warner-Lambert for $146.4 billion. Gaz de France purchased Suez S.A in 2007 for $139.8 billion. Dutch Petroleum purchased Shell Transport & Trading Company for $136.3 billion in 2004. RFS Holdings purchased ABN Amro in 2007 for $128.1 billion. AB InBev purchased SABMiller for $122.3 billion in 2015. Glaxo Welcome purchased SmithKline Beecham for $119.6 billion in 2000. Bell Atlantic then purchased Vodafone Airtouch for $113.9 billion in 1999. Zeneca purchased Astra AB, becoming Astra Zeneca in 1998 for $111.4 billion. Nations Bank also purchased Bank of America in 1998 for $103.1 billion.

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New Chart Shows That Steve Ballmer is the Wealthiest Sports Owner in the World

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From 2000 through 2014, Steve Ballmer served as the chief of Microsoft, and has gone on to become one of the richest people on Earth. Not only did he make his name with Microsoft, but Steve Ballmer is also a prominent name in the world of professional sports, as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise in the National Basketball Association. In fact, not only is Steve Ballmer is the richest owner in the entire league, but he’s also the richest owner in all of professional sports.

This fascinating visualization from the research team at Madison Trust considered all sports and leagues around the world to determine who the richest sports teams owners actually are, developing a list of the top thirty overall. Their team factored in several sports into their research, including basketball, soccer, football, cricket, formula 1, hockey, and baseball.

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Who is the richest owner in the NFL?

The National Football League is indisputably the most popular sport in the United States, and no NFL owner is wealthier than Rob Walton of the Denver Broncos, who is worth an estimated $59.8 billion. Not only is Rob Walton the richest owner in the National Football League, but he’s also one of the richest individuals in the world in general, and is also the heir to the fortune of Walmart. Following Rob Walton, the richest owners in the NFL would be David Tepper of the Carolina Panthers (worth $16.7 billion), Stan Kroenke of the Los Angeles Rams (worth $10.7 billion), Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys (worth $8.9 billion), and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars (worth $8 billion).

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