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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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Real Estate Chart Reveals Your Money Has Only 50-80% of the Buying Power it Did 5 Years Ago

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Houses aren’t cheap these days. In fact, they are so not cheap that millions of young Americans are holding off on buying a home and are instead opting to rent for the foreseeable future. “Just how bad is it?”, you might be wondering. Well, this new visualization from construction app maker Builder Pad forces you to look at the problems the United States is facing in the real estate market in an entirely new way. From this perspective, you are able to see how much smaller a house you’ll be able to afford today vs. 2018 for the same amount of money. So, how much smaller has a $500,000 home become in your state?

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In order to reveal which states have the fastest-rising real estate prices, Builder Pad analyzed median listing prices by state in two distinct ways. First, is by percentage of square feet lost over the five year period between 2018 and 2023. The state that was hit the hardest in this metric is Montana where a $500K house is now 50.15% smaller. Just typing that out blows my mind.

The second metric used in this study is square feet lost over the same 5-year period. The state that lost the most square feet in a $500,000 house is Kansas with a drop of 2,280.26 square feet. That’s the equivalent of losing five (5!) two-car garages in living space. With virtually no end in sight for this real estate conundrum, what will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back?

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The Fastest-Growing Jobs in Health Care in the United States

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Positions in the health care industry have always been in demand, especially since the start of the pandemic. Hospitals and doctor’s offices all over the country are in need of trained medical professionals to help patients. Staffing workers in the industry was a struggle even before COVID-19 hit, and once it did, demand for health care workers was strongly in demand.
Which specific health care professions are expected to grow the most in the next few years? U.S. Career Institute looked at data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indeed.com to display which medical professions are expected to grow the most from 2021-2031.

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The graphic utilizes a scatter diagram to visualize the health care professions expected to grow the compared to their average salary.

The medical profession that is expected to grow the most by 2031 is nurse practitioners. The average salary for a nurse practitioner in the U.S. is $120,680, and the profession is expected to grow 46% by 2031. Nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives are next on the list, with an expected growth of 40% by 2031. The average annual salary is $123,780.

These are the top 10 health-related professions that are expected to grow through 2031:

  1. Nurse practitioner — 46%
  2. Nurse anesthetist — 40%
  3. Physician assistant — 28%
  4. Medical and health services manager — 28%
  5. Epidemiologist — 26%
  6. Occupational therapy assistant — 25%
  7. Home health and personal care aide — 25%
  8. Physical therapy assistant — 24%
  9. Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselor — 22%
  10. Speech-language pathologist — 21%

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56 Military, Commercial, and Personal Aircraft Ranked by Top Speed

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What can go nearly six times the speed of sound and cost $2.5 trillion dollars to build and operate (adjusted for inflation)? The answer is the North American X-15, hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft that achieved the fastest aircraft flying speed of all time on October 3rd, 1967 when it reached 4,520 miles per hour! That is an awe-inspiring 75 miles per minute and 1.25 miles per second. GlobalAir.com has launched a compelling (or propelling?) chart visualizing aircraft ranked by max flying speed. More than half of the aircraft shown are capable of flying faster than the sound of speed!

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How fast is the sound of speed anyway? Mach 1, or the speed of sound, varies depending on the temperature of the air (or other medium) that it is passing through. So at sea level on planet Earth at around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the speed of sound is approximately 767 miles per hour. That means that the North American X-15, an aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, flew at a rate nearly six times as fast as the speed of sound. The record was achieved by William J. Knight, a Vietnam combat pilot and test pilot for the U.S. Air Force. During his 16 flights in the aircraft, Knight became one of the few non-NASA pilots to earn their Astronaut Wings by flying an airplane in space – this was achieved by reaching an altitude of 280,500 feet (53.125 miles). It truly is extraordinary how far aviation technology has come in a century!

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