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The Rating Guide to Life in America's 50 States

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In The Rating Guide to Life in America's Fifty States, G. Scott Thomas ranges throughout the length and breadth of these vast, diverse United States to assess their overall quality of life in 125 statistical categories, covering everything from per capita income and population density to the number of high school athletes and female-owned businesses. Each state receives a rating in every area and is ranked from best to worst. These statistical data are used to analyze each state's performance in twenty-five broad...
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Overview

In The Rating Guide to Life in America's Fifty States, G. Scott Thomas ranges throughout the length and breadth of these vast, diverse United States to assess their overall quality of life in 125 statistical categories, covering everything from per capita income and population density to the number of high school athletes and female-owned businesses. Each state receives a rating in every area and is ranked from best to worst. These statistical data are used to analyze each state's performance in twenty-five broad areas, including housing, education, public safety, arts and culture, transportation, sports, recreation, business opportunities for women and minorities, and future prospects. Every state is then given its own report card, grading it from A to F, as it highlights that state's particular strengths and weaknesses and compares it with its neighbors.
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Thomas, the author of "The Rating Guide to Life in America's Small Cities" (Prometheus, 1990), uses statistics from a variety of sources to rank the 50 states. H. L. Mencken rated them, based on approximately 100 statistics, in the September 1931 issue of "American Mercury". His objective was to find "the worst American State"; he proclaimed Mississippi the "winner." (Massachusetts placed first in his quality-of-life index.) John Gunther traveled to all 48 states in preparation for writing "Inside U.S.A." (1947). His objective was to determine what made each state different from the others. While he used statistics, he also relied on firsthand observations to grade the states Thomas has combined Mencken's and Gunther's views: statistics can pinpoint the best--and worst--states (Mencken), and numbers can identify what makes each state unique (Gunther). His 24 categories include the expected ones: natural resources, such as crude oil reserves and timberland; health, showing major causes of death and number of doctors; racial equality, demonstrating minority college graduates and minority businesses; housing, displaying housing costs and housing size; and education, with high-school dropouts and education spending. Other categories include sports, public safety, politics, and international relations (foreign employers, export-related jobs, foreign-born populations). For each section, Thomas asks a "big question": for example, in history, "Which state has had the richest past, both in terms of historic events and famous people?" In each category, he discusses how he arrived at the figures, which was the best state and which was the worst, the regional winners in the category, the biggest surprise, and the bottom line. He concludes by ranking the states and devising a report card for each state, examining strengths and weaknesses. Thomas provides a list of sources and a brief glossary. His cutoff date was May 1, 1993 "The Rating Guide to Life in America's 50 States" will not replace such tools as "Places Rated Almanac" or others that rank "cities" by quality of life; its scope is broader than those books. It can provide guidance for people seeking information about a state either with a view to moving there or for school assignments. A topical index would be useful; however, the lack of one is not cause for rejecting the book. It will be useful in school, public, and academic libraries.
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Assesses the quality of life in the states using 125 statistical categories, such as terrain, resources, environment, health, racial equality, arts, business, transportation, and public safety. Each state is rated in every area and ranked from best to worst. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879759384
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Pages: 575
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.67 (d)

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