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Seattle Is the Fastest Growing U.S. City That Is Actually a City

May 24, 2018 The U.S. Census has just released data on the fastest growing cities in the U.S. from 2016 to 2017. Or did they? Irvine, California, at expanding at 4.2 percent and Henderson, Nevada, at 3.6 percent topped the list, which was limited to those with more than 200,000 residents. Seattle, Washington...

1 in 5 Americans Know Someone Who Has Been Addicted to Opioids

May 23, 2018 The U.S. is facing an opioid crisis that is like no other country in the world. In 2016, 64,000 people died of an overdose, primarily due to opioid use. For the past five years, the Federal Reserve has been conducting a national study on economic wellbeing (pdf). Last year, it...

R and Python Are Joining Forces, in the Most Ambitious Crossover Event of the Year—For Programmers

May 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hadley Wickham is the most important developer for the programming language R. Wes McKinney is among the most important developers for programming language Python. The two languages, which are free to use, are often seen as competitors in the world of data science. Wickham and McKinney don’t think the rivalry...

Baseball Players Show That People Will Give Up Money To Work With Great Colleagues

March 29, 2018 In 2003, Alex Rodriguez, one of the greatest baseball players ever, tried to take less money to join a winning team. At the time, Rodriguez was among the world’s best paid athletes, making over $20 million a year playing for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. But his colleagues were not...

How Do New 'Supertall' Skyscrapers in U.S. Cities Measure Up to the Rest of the World?

January 7, 2018 The Salesforce Tower looms above San Francisco. The skyscraper, which is expected to open in early 2018, will be by far the tallest building in the city. At 1,070 feet (326 meters) it will be more than 200 feet taller than the Transamerica Pyramid Center, which has been San Francisco’s...

The Future of American Jobs Is Taking Care of the Elderly

November 5, 2017 The future of work in the U.S. is uncertain. Artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and the move away from full-time employment are all factors that make it increasingly unpredictable. Yet there is one thing we do know. The U.S. population is getting a lot older, and that means more jobs caring...

For a Long, Successful Career, LinkedIn Says Nothing Beats a Liberal Arts Major

October 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Did you major in underwater basket weaving? That old joke about some college majors being far too niche to ever prove useful is not quite as ridiculous as it once seemed. As jobs in the world’s workforce become increasingly specialized, higher education—which, from the start, has always reflected of the...

This Is Now the Nation's Richest Urban Area

September 14, 2017 The thriving, technology-driven wealth of the Bay Area is the envy of the rest of America, with good reason. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, San Francisco tops the list of the 25 largest metropolitan areas by household income. The median household in the San Francisco...

Finding the Right City for Amazon's HQ2

September 12, 2017 Amazon has announced that it’s juggling a bunch of criteria in assessing the best location for a second headquarters after Seattle. But when you start crunching the numbers on its criteria for HQ2, it quickly becomes clear that two of the hardest of Amazon’s requirements to reconcile are low cost...

Legal Marijuana Is Not Staying Where It’s Supposed to in the U.S.

September 7, 2017 In 2012, voters in the US states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures that legalized the recreational sale of marijuana. The US federal government responded to this legalization in 2013 through the “Cole Memo” (pdf). The memo, written by then deputy attorney General James Cole explained that though marijuana...