Seeking a Quiet Place in a Nation of Noise

No studies have been done on the change in New York City's noise over time, whether it is getting worse or by how much.

In Most States, the Middle Class Is Now Growing — But Slowly.

The share of middle-class households grew more in Montana than in any other state between 2013 and 2016.

The State Pension Funding Gap: 2016

Investment shortfalls, insufficient contributions reduced funded levels for public worker retirement plans

To Curb Rising Health Insurance Costs, Some States Try 'Reinsurance Pools'

In its first year, Minnesota's reinsurance pool has performed even better than expected.

Pizza, Pad Thai and Pot: Home Delivery of Marijuana Is Legal in These States

Lawmakers states that pioneered recreational marijuana legalization have been reluctant to allow home delivery, even in an era when consumers are used to getting more items delivered.

More Cities Are Banishing Highways Underground—And Building Parks on Top

The urgent need to repair or upgrade many half-century-old urban expressways also is fueling the construction of so-called freeway caps.

Yes, Bookmobiles Are Still a Thing. (We Checked.)

“There are tons of populations that don’t have access, who can’t get to the library, can’t get the internet. Bookmobiles and outreach services are key to serving those people.”

What Do State Chief Data Officers Do?

A look at the job that puts analytics to use in decision-making.

Rural Counties Are Making a Comeback, Census Data Shows

“This seems to be the beginning of a return to population dispersal after a decade or so of clustering into cities and the biggest metropolitan areas,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution

States Aren't Waiting for Feds to Ban Flame Retardants From Kids' Products

The state bills vary in scope, but their intent is clear—to get rid of chemicals that have been found by scientists to pose more risks than rewards.

Medicaid Makes Up Largest Share of Grants to States

Mix of total funding from federal grants varied by state

Recent Data Breaches Spark Debate Over 'Reasonable' Notification Rules

Some states have already moved to toughen their data breach laws as the number of incidents increases.

Nobody Knows How Many Kids Get Caught With Guns in School. Here’s Why.

Much of the information on the Education Department’s website is either outdated or inconsistent with state data.

There Are Hundreds of New State Gun Laws And Most Expand Access

So-called permitless carry laws now are in effect in more than 10 states.

#MeToo Movement Fuels a 1970s Comeback: The ERA

Nevada last year became the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, meaning that supporters need only two more states to reach the 38 required to add the ERA to the U.S. Constitution. Before Nevada, the last state to ratify was Indiana in 1977.

Stalled Effort to Ban ‘Bump Stocks’ Illustrates Challenge of Changing State Gun Laws

The debate over the past few months illustrates how difficult it will be for gun-control advocates to enact other changes state by state.

Good News: Overdose Deaths Fall in 14 States

But the bad news: “But we’re still seeing rates of overdose that are leaps and bounds higher than what we were seeing a decade ago and far beyond any other country in the world.”

Despite Slow Growth, Tax Revenue Has Recovered in 29 States

Most states recorded more robust growth in overall tax collections at the start of fiscal 2018, according to preliminary data collected by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. But federal tax reform has brought plenty of uncertainty.