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Spring is in the air. That means parties, barbecues, and of course, a lot more beer and drinking. While there’s nothing wrong with drinking, Drinking and Driving is still a major problem across the United States. We set out to see how bad it really is. Check out the map, then scroll below for our data!
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DUIs are going up in America. Over 10,000 people were killed and more then 200,000 were inured in 2015 alone as a direct result of someone driving under the influence. We set out to figure out how bad drunk driving is in America, and the results are bad. To create a ranking of states, we took a combination of deaths directly attributable to DUIs, DUI arrests per 100,000 people, and drinking too much before driving, as reported by drivers themselves. We then created a weighted formula. The results are below – let us know how your state did and what you think in the comments!
|Ranking, Worst to Best||State||No. of fatalities||Rate (of all total traffic deaths)||Increase/Decrease from last year||DUI death rate (per 100,000)||DUI arrests||DUI Arrest Rate (per 100,000)||Percentage of Adults Who Reported Drinking Too Much Before Driving, 2014|
|2||North Dakota||50||0.38%||9.1% decrease||6.60||6,351||838||3.4|
|3||South Dakota||43||0.33%||2.3% decrease||4.97||7,305||844||2.2|
|5||South Carolina||301||0.31%||9.1% decrease||6.07||16,272||328||1.6|
|7||New Mexico||98||0.33%||16.2% decrease||4.71||8,542||410||1.1|
|15||North Carolina||411||0.30%||13.2% increase||4.05||35,967||354||1.2|
|27||West Virginia||71||0.27%||15.5% decrease||3.88||4,543||248||0.5|
|36||New Hampshire||33||0.29%||13.8% increase||2.47||4,746||356||1.3|
|45||Rhode Island||19||0.43%||11.8% increase||1.80||2,591||245||2.5|
|47||New Jersey||111||0.20%||31.1% decrease||1.24||22,201||248||1.4|
|50||New York||311||0.28%||0.3% decrease||1.58||28,988||147||1|
Updated: October 5, 2017
Since we first looked at the data, the CDC has published new findings, with new data from 2016 available. It’s only gotten worse, but state rankings have changed. Read on.
With the popularity of hookup apps like Tinder and Grindr, finding casual sex partners has never been easier, but the increasing convenience of enjoying one-nighters has come with a cost: STD rates are surging in the U.S. like never before. Check out the full details and study below.
In alarming news for sexually active singles, CDC reports found that STD rates rose again in 2016, reaching an all-time high by topping 2015 figures, which previously stood as the worst year for STDs in the U.S. The problem is so bad that many experts are labeling the surge in STD rates a national epidemic.
In order to keep you informed about which areas pose the greatest risk, we compiled a nationwide ranking of states by the frequency of STD infection. This report was created by taking local county and state health data, social media surveys, and CDC data on the rate of incidents per 100k residents for the two most common STDs, gonorrhea and chlamydia, and calculating a weighted average between the two. The results may surprise you.
Compared to our earlier 2016 rankings, perhaps the biggest story from the 2016 CDC data is the increase in reported gonorrhea cases. The top ten worst states all experienced a rise in the rate of gonorrhea per 100k residents. In Alaska (#1), Mississippi (#2) and Georgia (#4), the rate rose by more than 40 per 100k, enough for Alaska to maintain its status as the worst state in U.S. for STDs, and for the latter two states to move up several positions in the rankings. The across-the-board increase in gonorrhea infection is startling, and many experts attribute it to the rising prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains of the disease.
Chlamydia rates also rose in most states, and remains the most common STD in the nation, which is often attributed to the fact that most people infected do not experience symptoms.
Some states were hit hard in 2016: Delaware’s (#9) rate of chlamydia infection increased by over 60 per 100k, enough to bring it into the top ten. Mississippi’s infection rate jumped by a whopping 91.9 per 100k, pushing it up to #2 overall.
Other states fared better, including North Carolina (#7), Louisiana (#2) and New Mexico (#5) which all experienced a decrease in chlamydia infections per 100k.
The state moving up the highest in the rankings is Maryland, jumping up six spots from #24 to #18, owing to significantly elevated rates of both gonorrhea and chlamydia. Next is Delaware, climbing five spots from #14 to #9. There is a four-way tie between Georgia (#4), Indiana (#23), Virginia (#25) and North Dakota (#26) for third greatest increase as they all moved up three places in the rankings.
Hawaii experienced the greatest drop in the rankings, falling eight spots from #20 to #28 due to a decrease in the chlamydia rate per 100k residents. Three states — Texas (#16), Tennessee (#22), and Michigan (#27) — fell four spots each, while three others–North Carolina (#6), Colorado (#30), Vermont (#50) — went down three spots.
Significantly, thirty states either maintained their previous position or only moved one place in the overall rankings.
|Ranking||State||Chlamydia rate per 100,000||Gonorrhea rate per 100,000||Weighted Disease Score||February 2016 Ranking||Change in Ranking|
Bullying is a major problem in schools across the United States, and it’s only gotten worse as Social Media takes a greater role in the day to day lives of children and teenagers everywhere. To get a better understanding of Bullying in America, our research team examined bullying statistics across the USA to create this list of the Most Bullied States in America.[Important: If you are considering harming yourself, please visit this link or call 1-800-273-8255 to speak to someone who will listen].
Bullying presents a major problem for students – it’s not just about feelings:
Bullying has a real cost both on education and our pockets as taxpayers. A report by the National Education Association claims that over 160,000 children miss school every day because of fear of being bullied at school. The National Association of Secondary School Principals report that this lower attendance can cost up to 2.3 million dollars a year, per public school.
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|Most Bullied State Ranking||State||Bullying Occurrence Score||School Violence Score||Bullying Impact Score||Total Bullying Score|
Sufficient Data was not available from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Alaska and Washington D.C. Therefore, they are not ranked.
The BackgroundChecks.org Research team identified a number of core issues that impact bullying and bullying behavior:
Each of these primary metrics are made up of a number of different measurements. The higher the score, the worse Bullying issues faced in the state:
Physical Bullying Incident Rate: This measures amounts of physical bullying that students indicated had happened to them, while on school property.
Electronic (Cyber) Bullying Rate: How often were students cyber-bullied.
Weapon Injury Rate: Rate of Injuries received from a weapon while at school.
School Fight Rate: Rate of involvement in fights at school.
Injury from Fight Rate: Rate of injury from those fights.
Fight on School Property Rate: Rate of fights at school.
Skipped School for Safety Rate: Rate of skipping school because they felt unsafe either at school or on the way there.
Sad or Hopeless Rate: How sad or hopeless students indicated they felt.
Suicide Planning, Attempts Rate: This is a combined measure of suicide attempts, thoughts of suicide, and suicide planning.
Does the State have laws for violence and bullying at school?
Do the State Laws Specifically address bullying or are they part of a broader framework?
Are Policies in place for bullying in public and private schools?