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Los Angeles Has the 2nd Worst Traffic in America

Urban commuters collectively lost 6.9 billion hours, and 3.1 billion gallons of fuel to traffic delays last year. Excess fuel and lost productivity cost American commuters $160 billion in 2014, up from $114 billion in 2000, and $42 billion in 1982. According to a recent study, the problem is even worse in a handful of […]

Redding Residents Have Shortest Life Expectancy of Any California City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading causes of death in the […]

Los Angeles Residents Lead Less Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Los Angeles is America’s 14th Least Obese City

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area, 20.7% of […]

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Residents Live Longer Than in Any California City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading cause of deaths in the […]

California is Healthier Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

California Managed Better Than Most States

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is Less Common in Los Angeles

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area, 47.9% of residents own their homes, lower than the national homeownership rate and the lowest of any metro area in California. Young Americans […]

Poverty Rate in Los Angeles Above National Rate

An estimated 15.7% of residents in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area live below the poverty line, a larger share than the national poverty rate of 14.7% and roughly similar to the state’s poverty rate of 15.3%. Los Angeles has the 12th lowest poverty rate of any California metro area. A high school education can […]

Why Quality of Life is Higher in California

Americans often evaluate their home states according to such subjective conditions as climate preference, the presence of friends and family, and personal history. In addition to these subjective measures, more objective socioeconomic factors also contribute to life satisfaction. It is such quantitative measures that can help assess the broader quality of life in a given […]

Why Students Graduating College in California Have Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

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