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Why Residents of Pennsylvania Are Less Happy Than in Other States

Nationwide, Americans’ well-being improved in 2016 compared to 2015 and 2014. While many enjoy comfortable, healthy, and happy living and take their well-being for granted, not all Americans enjoy such standards. For many, hardship, pain, and despair can be a part of life as for them basic elements of well-being remain elusive. The well-being of […]

Pittsburgh Residents More Obese Than the Average American

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 Pittsburgh metro area, 27.8% of adults are […]

Pittsburgh Residents Lead More 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 […]

Pennsylvania is Less Healthy 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 […]

Pennsylvania is America’s 9th Worst Run State

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 More Common in Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh metro area, 69.2% of residents own their homes, higher than the national homeownership rate but the tenth lowest of any metro area in Pennsylvania. Young Americans are […]

Poverty Rate in Pittsburgh Below National Level

An estimated 12.3% of residents in the Pittsburgh metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than both the national poverty rate of 14.7% and the state’s poverty rate of 13.2%. Pittsburgh has the seventh lowest poverty rate of any Pennsylvania metro area. A high school education can mean the difference between living […]

Why College Graduates in Pennsylvania Have More Student 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 […]

Commutes in Pittsburgh Similar to National Average

The average resident of the Pittsburgh metro area spends 26.6 minutes commuting to work, roughly equivalent to both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 26.8 minutes. Pittsburgh residents have the fourth longest commute of any metro area in Pennsylvania. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

Pittsburgh Residents More Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 18.9% of adults in the Pittsburgh metro area smoke, higher than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 19.9% statewide smoking rate. The Pittsburgh smoking rate is the tenth lowest in Pennsylvania. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

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