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The True Cost of a High School Degree

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How much will that high school degree earn you? According to this guide created by the U.S. Career Institute, having a high school degree helps graduates earns thousands more on average every year than their non-graduate counterparts. The guide, called ‘How Much More High School Graduates Earn Than Non-Graduates in Every State’, breaks down the difference in the median annual earnings between high school graduates and non-graduates in each of the fifty U.S. states. The appropriately colored monochromatic green map makes it easy to see which states have the biggest monetary difference between the salaries of high school graduates and non-graduates living in the state. Connecticut topped the list with an $11,439 difference between the two annual earnings. High school graduates in Connecticut earn an average of $37,365 every year while non-graduates only earn an average of $25,926. Alaska was not far behind Connecticut with a $10,286 difference between the two salaries. Connecticut’s fellow Northeastern states Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York were in the top ten states where high school graduates earned more money. Southern states West Virginia, Louisiana, and Kentucky also made the top ten list. All of the states in the top ten were found to have a difference between the median annual earnings for graduates and non-graduates of at least $7,880. Which states were found at the bottom of the list? Iowa was found to have the smallest difference between the two, although Iowa’s $30,147 median earnings for non-graduates is the third highest in the country after North Dakota and New Hampshire. How big is the difference between high school graduate and non-graduate earnings in your state?

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The 25 Most Popular Country Code Domain Extensions in the World by Number of Active Domains

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Have you ever given much thought to the web domains you are typing in? Individual addresses that take you to places across the globe in seconds. Some domain names are funny while others are straight business. Some domains like thelongestdomainnameintheworldandthensomeandthensomemoreandmore.com just aim to beat a Guinness World Record. What makes up a domain name? Many people don’t know that behind the words in a domain name is a numbered IP address. When you purchase a domain name, it comes with a unique address that the computers use to communicate with and get you to where you want to go. A domain is made up separate parts. The user created domain followed by a dot and then the domain extension. The top-level domain as it is called refers to these extensions. The most common top-level domains being .com, .net, and .org. There are also country specific TLD’s and this graphic from Nominus.com gets into the specifics of these CCTLDs.

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The country specific extension with the most active domains is .de from Germany with 16,141,315. Number two is .uk out of the United Kingdom with 10,593,404 active domains. Number three is .cn from China with 8,980,611 active domains. You can go through each country on this list and see on the map how many country specific active domains there are. Even Antarctica has its own CCTLD even though it is not its own country it still has 102 active domains registered with the extension .aq. Visit the original article to see more visualizations on the top country code top-level domains in the world, generic TLDs, sponsored TLDs, reserved TLDs and more.

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Which Country Produces the Most Oil?

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Did you know that the United States is both the world’s largest oil producer and consumer? I learned that from this striking visualization from Visual Capital’s Elements page, which provides data-driven designs to reveal the state of our natural world and provoke discussion. Check it out:

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I really love how simple yet compelling this graphic is – it conveys information quickly while also providing engaging tidbits in the margins. The page also provides a search function so you can check how different countries compare in what percentage of the world’s oil they produce in a day. This got me curious – where does U.S. oil come from? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 42.4% of American oil comes from Texas.

With all this in mind, it begs the question: when will the world’s oil run out? We rely on oil for so many facets of daily life, so facing the reality that oil can and will run out if we do not take action is daunting. As with all topics related to energy and the environment, there are conflicting answers. The Worldometer predicts that there are 47 years of oil left at current consumption levels, which is also confirmed by Discover Magazine’s analysis. However, scientists agree that there will theoretically always be a way to extract oil with the right technology. That does not necessarily mean it will be affordable – the harder a resource is to acquire, the more expensive it typically is. All in all, now is the time to pursue alternative, sustainable means of living and thriving on the only planet we have (currently)!

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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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