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Where Are the Most Bike-Friendly Cities in America?

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Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular activity in America, especially during the pandemic when so many are stuck at home. Bike sales soared in 2020 as people were looking for a safe activity to keep them active during quarantine.

The following visualization from e-bike manufacturer Tower Electric Bikes analyzed a variety of data points to determine the most bike-friendly cities in America as well as the least bike-friendly.

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The Most and Least Bike-Friendly Cities in America

The graphic compares the percentage of bike commuters, percentage of recreational cyclists, cyclist fatality rate, as well as a score of how well-connected and accessible each particular city is for cyclists to create an overall Bike Friendliness Score. It uses a pin map visualization to point out each of the most and least bike-friendly cities on the U.S. map, color coding each pin to its Bike Friendliness Score. Below the map is a breakdown of the individual statistics as well as bar charts illustrating each city’s score. All data originated from PeopleForBikes.org.

Topping the list of bike-friendly cities is Crested Butte, CO. The city is generally regarded as the birthplace of mountain biking and attracts recreational cyclists from around the country. While Crested Butte is a relatively small city, many larger metro areas make the list as well like Arlington (#8), Manhattan (#12), and Seattle (#13).

In terms of the least bike-friendly cities, many larger cities with poor bike-friendly accessibility to key destinations top the list. Cities like Los Angeles (#1), Houston (#2), and Phoenix (#3) have low numbers of bike commuters, high cyclist fatality rates, and a lack of bike connectivity to locations like grocery stores and schools, making them less hospitable to cyclists.

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States Ranked by How Often Their Residents Poop

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Ever wonder how much you poop compared to other people? Well, that’s exactly what the fine folks at porta-potty provider AAWSI.com are aiming to find out with their new study. Based on a nationwide survey, the study reveals how many times people from each U.S. state poops on average. While all states maintained a similar average, some clear winners and losers have certainly emerged. Check out the visualization.

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As you’ll see, the residents of Michigan topped the charts with 2.182 poos per day. This number was significantly higher than nearly all states besides Idaho; the potato state squeezes out an average of 2.177 loaves per day. The two states were the only to average above two.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Missouri came in dead last with an average of 1.131 bowel movements per day, averaging more than one full poo fewer per day than the top two states. What causes these discrepancies? Varying diets? Statistical fluke? I wouldn’t venture a guess.

Interestingly, the survey found that the national average sits just above 1.5 poos per day at 1.598, which leads me to believe that nearly everyone goes either once or twice per day on average regardless of where you live in the nation.

Something I have yet to decide on is whether the true “winners” on this list are the states who are pooping the most, or those who are pooping the least.

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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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