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Independence Blue Cross is the Largest Private Company in Pennsylvania

Going public is often regarded as the final step in a private company’s growth. While a public offering streamlines fund-raising activities and offers many other advantages, many owners prefer to keep control of their companies. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from company data reviewer PrivCo to identify the largest company in each state. Based on […]

Pennsylvania is Among the States With the Worst Roads

In its most recent assessment, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the United States a failing grade for its infrastructure. According to the group, $3.6 trillion would be needed to raise the standard of America’s roads to acceptable levels before 2020. To determine the states with the worst roads, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed statistics […]

Pittsburgh is Among the Cities With the Lowest Poverty Rates

The number of Americans living in poverty fell by 3.5 million to 13.5% of the population in 2015. While the poverty rate is the lowest since 2008, it is still higher than pre-recession levels. More than 43 million Americans still live in poverty. And while financial hardship exists in every city, some areas have much […]

Tax Revenue From Marijuana In Pennsylvania Could Be $352 Million

Four states and the District of Columbia have voted since 2012 to legalize the retail sale of marijuana. One main incentive of legalization is the tax revenue states receive from marijuana sales. The first two states to legalize marijuana — Colorado and Washington — began sales in 2014. After a slow start, tax revenues now […]

Pennsylvania Has Fewer McDonald’s Than Most States

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) is the largest fast-food hamburger chain in America with nearly 16,000 locations nationwide. In areas that have the most McDonald’s per capita, the population tends to have higher rates of obesity and heart disease. While a direct connection cannot be made between McDonald’s and negative health outcomes, areas with clusters of fast-food […]

Pittsburgh is Among the 25 Cities to Find Great Jobs

When thinking of relocation, Americans consider an area’s job prospects as among the most important factors. While other factors such as the school system or the cost of housing may play a role, a job ensures the viability of the relocation. Of course, one person’s great job may not suit another person’s skill set. Still, […]

Pennsylvania is the 9th Most Dangerous State for Older Drivers

Americans 65 years of age and older are 21% more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than the population as a whole. While people of this age group account for 14.5% of the total population, they represent 17.5% of all traffic fatalities. The difference between the likelihood of traffic fatalities among older Americans […]

Pennsylvania Has More Skin Cancer Than Most States

An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Diagnosis rates of melanoma — one of the most common and deadly forms of skin cancer — doubled in the United States between 1982 and 2011. Meanwhile, skin cancer treatment cost Americans $8.1 billion a year from 2007 to 2011, more than […]

Pittsburgh’s High School Graduation Rate is Among the Top 20% of Cities

The high school graduation rate across the nation reached a record high of 82% in school year 2013-2014. While American students overall are graduating at a higher rate than ever before, some areas of the country have much lower graduation rates. Based on data from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the […]

A Higher Share of Americans are on Disability in Pennsylvania Than in Most States

More than 10 million Americans received Social Security disability benefits in 2014. These benefits — paid to disabled workers, disabled widows and widowers, and some other disabled adults — totaled $11.4 billion per month nationwide, a substantial increase from the $6.1 billion paid monthly a decade earlier. The number of disability beneficiaries varies between states. […]

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