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Where Friendsgiving is Most Popular

11/24/2019 | Other

New Jersey tops the list of the states most into Friendsgiving

Top 10 Cities to Beat the Heat

9/13/2019 | Climate & Weather, Health, Other

The BestPlaces Summer Comfort Index considers seven climate variables, including total precipitation, daily minimum and maximum temperatures, extreme high and low temperatures, average dew points, and precipitation days.

Public versus Private Schools

9/13/2019 | Other

Which cities use public schools the most?

Car Insurance Depends GREATLY on Where You Live

9/12/2019 | Economy, Other

See Where Your State Ranks in Car Insurance Premiums

The Ultimate State Tax Ranking

9/12/2019 | Cost of Living, Economy, Other

Which States have the highest OVERALL taxes? - plus Climate Visualization Video

States with the Highest Income Tax and New Crime Risk Indexes

9/12/2019 | Crime, Economy, Other

State Income Tax Index for the 50 States and the District of Columbia, from highest to lowest.

New One Click Comprehensive Data Downloads

9/12/2019 | Other

Now you can download the full BestPlaces set of data for any city, county or zip code, and save them to your computer for easy, offline comparison in an Excel or Numbers spreadsheet.

Data Refresh Sitewide Update of Most Popular Data

9/12/2019 | Other

Update to our major categories of demographics, population growth, income distribution, race and ethnicity, education, marital and family status, housing, occupations and industries, employment, and commuting categories

Adding Search and Map Browsing to Mobile App

9/12/2019 | Other

Mobile App Improvements

Launch of the BestPlaces Mobile App

9/12/2019 | Other

Compare the place you're in right now to other places in the U.S, and save your favorite places for continued research.

Moving Guide

9/12/2019 | Cost of Living, Climate & Weather, Other

Be well-informed before your move and do the necessary research before packing up

How to Play the BestPlaces Board Game

9/12/2019 | Other

Game Boy Geek Video

Using the BestPlaces Mobile App

9/11/2019 | Other

Case-study walkthrough and tutorial

Best States for LGBTQ Rights

9/10/2019 | Politics & Voting, Other

States that offer the most LGBTQ legal protection

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