Highly selective schools and happiness.


A new Gallup survey of 30,000 college graduates of all ages in all 50 states has found that highly selective schools don’t produce better workers or happier people, but inspiring professors, no matter where they teach, might.

“It matters very little where you go; it’s how you do it” that counts, said Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education. “Having a teacher who believes in a student makes a lifetime of difference.”

Highly selective schools and happiness.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Most popular job in each state.


overrepresented jobs state map

This map shows the most over-represented job in each state, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics. Each state has far more of these jobs per capita than the nation as a whole.

These are not the most common jobs in these states but jobs that are disproportionately concentrated in each state.

Source: Business Insider.

U.S. Economic activity in 2013 split in half.


U.S. Economic activity in 2013 split in half.

A 50/50 split of America’s GDP.

This map shows that 50% of all the money generated in the United States comes from a tiny proportion of the country in geographical terms. The largest economic contribution comes from traditional economic hubs including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.

Source: Expert Market; U.S. Department of Commerce, 2013.