The Most Underrated College in Each State
While the term “safety school” may have a negative connotation, it’s unquestionably a smart decision to apply to at least one college you’ll likely be accepted to.

To make the most out of this strategy, we’ve partnered with Niche to bring you the top schools in the country with great academics and high acceptance rates. To compile this list, Niche used its data for highest academics rankings, acceptance rates, and in-state population.
Oftentimes, these schools’ strong academic programs are overshadowed by the popular perception that a college is better if it’s tough to get into. These colleges challenge that myth, and are smart — and potentially safe — options for student applicants.
We’ve included one school from each state in our list, as well as a bonus university from Washington, DC.
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The Most Underrated College in Each State

While the term “safety school” may have a negative connotation, it’s unquestionably a smart decision to apply to at least one college you’ll likely be accepted to.

To make the most out of this strategy, we’ve partnered with Niche to bring you the top schools in the country with great academics and high acceptance rates. To compile this list, Niche used its data for highest academics rankings, acceptance rates, and in-state population.

Oftentimes, these schools’ strong academic programs are overshadowed by the popular perception that a college is better if it’s tough to get into. These colleges challenge that myth, and are smart — and potentially safe — options for student applicants.

We’ve included one school from each state in our list, as well as a bonus university from Washington, DC.

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Facebook Data Creates Incredible MLB Fan Map That Proves That Yankees Fans Are Everywhere
Baseball is back but it seems that not everyone is ready to root, root, root for the home team. Many baseball fans are apparently choosing to support the New York Yankees regardless of their proximity to the Bronx.
To create a map of Major League Baseball fandom, the Facebook data team went to each MLB club’s official page and checked the “likes” to see where supporters lived across the country. Each U.S. county was then given a color to correspond with the team that had the most fans among people who reside in that county.
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Facebook Data Creates Incredible MLB Fan Map That Proves That Yankees Fans Are Everywhere

Baseball is back but it seems that not everyone is ready to root, root, root for the home team. Many baseball fans are apparently choosing to support the New York Yankees regardless of their proximity to the Bronx.

To create a map of Major League Baseball fandom, the Facebook data team went to each MLB club’s official page and checked the “likes” to see where supporters lived across the country. Each U.S. county was then given a color to correspond with the team that had the most fans among people who reside in that county.

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The great American pizza map(s)
Pizza is a big business in America. The two largest pizza companies in the country, Pizza Hut and Domino’s, accounted for $20 billion in sales in 2013, according to Pizza Today magazine (yes, there’s a Pizza Today magazine).
The vast majority of Americans find themselves closer to a Pizza Hut or Domino’s than any other chain, but regional chains have their strong points. Papa John’s has a big presence along the Indiana-Kentucky border. Papa Murphy’s is strong along the Interstate 5 corridor on the West Coast. Little Caesar’s dominates Michigan. Cici’s owns pockets of Texas.
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The great American pizza map(s)

Pizza is a big business in America. The two largest pizza companies in the country, Pizza Hut and Domino’s, accounted for $20 billion in sales in 2013, according to Pizza Today magazine (yes, there’s a Pizza Today magazine).

The vast majority of Americans find themselves closer to a Pizza Hut or Domino’s than any other chain, but regional chains have their strong points. Papa John’s has a big presence along the Indiana-Kentucky border. Papa Murphy’s is strong along the Interstate 5 corridor on the West Coast. Little Caesar’s dominates Michigan. Cici’s owns pockets of Texas.

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Here’s Where To Find The Cheapest Weed In The U.S.
Marijuana prohibition costs a lot — not just to taxpayers, who have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Obama administration’s war against medical marijuana and provide billions of dollars each year to cover the enforcement of marijuana possession laws. Consumers must buy weed from drug dealers in most states, paying a hefty risk premium whether they are buying for medical or recreational purposes.
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Here’s Where To Find The Cheapest Weed In The U.S.

Marijuana prohibition costs a lot — not just to taxpayers, who have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Obama administration’s war against medical marijuana and provide billions of dollars each year to cover the enforcement of marijuana possession laws. Consumers must buy weed from drug dealers in most states, paying a hefty risk premium whether they are buying for medical or recreational purposes.

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Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Boys, State-by-State
As a companion to “Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls,” the map above shows the most popular names for boys, by state, from 1960 to 2012. Once again, names that are the most popular nationwide for that year are colored, and all data come from the Social Security Administration. One note: For space reasons I shortened “Christopher” to “Chris,” all other names are as they appear in the SSA rolls.
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Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Boys, State-by-State

As a companion to “Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls,” the map above shows the most popular names for boys, by state, from 1960 to 2012. Once again, names that are the most popular nationwide for that year are colored, and all data come from the Social Security Administration. One note: For space reasons I shortened “Christopher” to “Chris,” all other names are as they appear in the SSA rolls.

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Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State
There will always be people out there picking weird names for their kids, but when you look at the choices that make their way to the top you’ll see that Americans tend to play it safe. The maps above, based on data from the Social Security Administration, show the most popular baby names for girls by state, for babies born from 1960 through 2012, with the colors representing the most popular single name for that year.
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Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State

There will always be people out there picking weird names for their kids, but when you look at the choices that make their way to the top you’ll see that Americans tend to play it safe. The maps above, based on data from the Social Security Administration, show the most popular baby names for girls by state, for babies born from 1960 through 2012, with the colors representing the most popular single name for that year.

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A State-By-State Look At America’s Wealth Distribution
(Image = Median Income by state)
With the ongoing conversation everyone has been having on income disparity, here’s a Mint Blog infographic analyzing the phenomenon state by state.
Unsurprisingly, smaller states with fancy New York City-like commuter neighborhoods are among the richest, while Southern regions are among the poorest.
What’s truly interesting are a few unexpected states in the second-to-poorest bracket, including Florida, Idaho, and Montana:
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A State-By-State Look At America’s Wealth Distribution

(Image = Median Income by state)

With the ongoing conversation everyone has been having on income disparity, here’s a Mint Blog infographic analyzing the phenomenon state by state.

Unsurprisingly, smaller states with fancy New York City-like commuter neighborhoods are among the richest, while Southern regions are among the poorest.

What’s truly interesting are a few unexpected states in the second-to-poorest bracket, including Florida, Idaho, and Montana:


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92 Years of Bigfoot Sightings in the US and Canada
Every now and then a dataset comes along that just has to be mapped. This is one of those times.
Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Skookum. Yahoo. Whatever you call it, the towering man-like ape is a folklore staple. From stories of Yeti in the Himalayas to Wildmen in the Pacific Northwest, people have been talking about and trying to find the creature for ages. Occasionally, some form of evidence – like Patterson’s famous 1967 film – emerges and either feeds our fascination or gets dismissed as a hoax. In either case, it’s easy to see why believers search for proof and skeptics remain doubtful.
Through archival work and reports submitted directly to their website, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has amassed a database of thousands of sasquatch sightings. Each report is geocoded and timestamped. Occasionally, even photos and videos of the alleged evidence are included. I’m not quite sure how I stumbled across this, but I’m glad I did.
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92 Years of Bigfoot Sightings in the US and Canada

Every now and then a dataset comes along that just has to be mapped. This is one of those times.

Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Skookum. Yahoo. Whatever you call it, the towering man-like ape is a folklore staple. From stories of Yeti in the Himalayas to Wildmen in the Pacific Northwest, people have been talking about and trying to find the creature for ages. Occasionally, some form of evidence – like Patterson’s famous 1967 film – emerges and either feeds our fascination or gets dismissed as a hoax. In either case, it’s easy to see why believers search for proof and skeptics remain doubtful.

Through archival work and reports submitted directly to their website, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has amassed a database of thousands of sasquatch sightings. Each report is geocoded and timestamped. Occasionally, even photos and videos of the alleged evidence are included. I’m not quite sure how I stumbled across this, but I’m glad I did.

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America’s Most Irish Towns
On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. But what about the rest of the year? Twenty-two million Americans — 7.2% of the population – say their “primary ancestry” is Irish, according to the Census’s American Community Survey. Another 13.5 million Americans claim at least some Irish ancestry, bringing the total to 35.5 million Americans — 11.6% of the population — with at least partial Irish ancestry. If that sounds low, remember that Ireland’s population today is just 6.4 million – 4.6 million in the Republic of Ireland and 1.8 million in Northern Ireland. So there are more than 5 times as many Americans with at least partial Irish ancestry as there are people who live in Ireland.
Read more… http://www.forbes.com/sites/trulia/2013/03/15/americas-most-irish-towns/

America’s Most Irish Towns

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. But what about the rest of the year? Twenty-two million Americans — 7.2% of the population – say their “primary ancestry” is Irish, according to the Census’s American Community Survey. Another 13.5 million Americans claim at least some Irish ancestry, bringing the total to 35.5 million Americans — 11.6% of the population — with at least partial Irish ancestry. If that sounds low, remember that Ireland’s population today is just 6.4 million – 4.6 million in the Republic of Ireland and 1.8 million in Northern Ireland. So there are more than 5 times as many Americans with at least partial Irish ancestry as there are people who live in Ireland.

Read more… http://www.forbes.com/sites/trulia/2013/03/15/americas-most-irish-towns/

A Booklover’s Map of Literary Geography circa 1933
Two of my great loves — maps and books — converged on my friend Wendy‘s wall, where I spotted this stunning vintage map of “literary geography.” Titled The Booklovers Map of America Showing Certain Landmarks of Literary Geography and created by pictorial cartographer Paul M. Paine in 1933, the map zooms in on the biggest literary cities and places “The Birthplace of American Literature” squarely in the Boston/Cambridge area.
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A Booklover’s Map of Literary Geography circa 1933

Two of my great loves — maps and books — converged on my friend Wendy‘s wall, where I spotted this stunning vintage map of “literary geography.” Titled The Booklovers Map of America Showing Certain Landmarks of Literary Geography and created by pictorial cartographer Paul M. Paine in 1933, the map zooms in on the biggest literary cities and places “The Birthplace of American Literature” squarely in the Boston/Cambridge area.

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