America's Fastest-Growing State Might Surprise You

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If you want an idea of which U.S. states are up-and-coming, population growth is a good indicator. Climate, housing costs, and job economy are all factors that might influence domestic migration, but the states that see the biggest population boosts in any given year aren’t always easy to predict. As Thrillist reports, the fastest-growing state in the U.S. is Idaho with a recent population boost of 2.2 percent in a single year.

That number comes from data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017. The state with the second highest growth rate was Nevada, with a 2 percent population spike, followed by Utah with 1.9 percent, Washington state with 1.7, and Florida with 1.6. But state-to-state migration wasn’t always the driving factor. Though that was the case for Idaho and Nevada, Utah owes its population growth to a birthrate that outpaced its death rate.

Percentage growth isn’t the same as numeric growth: In terms of pure numbers, Texas, Florida, and California saw the largest population increases—though those three states also happen to be the three most populous states in the U.S. to begin with.

According to the Census Bureau, the overall U.S. population rose by 2.3 million people or 0.72 percent during the time the data was sampled. But despite the nationwide growth, some states actually saw their numbers drop. Mississippi, Hawaii, Alaska, Illinois, West Virginia, and Wyoming were the eight states impacted by population declines. To see which states are welcoming the most new residents and which are seeing their populations dwindle, check out the Census Bureau map below.

Idaho in Nation's Fastest-Growing State

[h/t Thrillist]

Here's How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Part of the Country

Andy Woodruff
Andy Woodruff

Daylight saving time was created to benefit Americans, but not every part of the country is affected equally. Within the Eastern time zone, for instance, the sun rises a whole 40 minutes earlier in New York City than it does in Detroit. To illustrate how daylight saving time impacts sunrise and sunset times around the county, cartographer Andy Woodruff published a series of helpful maps on his website.

Below, the map on the left depicts how many days of reasonable sunrise time—defined as 7 a.m. or earlier—each part of the country is getting. The regions in the yellow sections have the most days with early sunrises and the darker parts have the fewest. On the right, the second map shows how many sunsets past 5 p.m. we’re getting each year, which appear to be a lot more abundant

Next, he visualized what these sunrise and sunset times would look like if daylight saving were abolished completely, something many people have been pushing for years. While our sunset times remain pretty much the same, the mornings start to look a lot sunnier for people all over the country, especially in places like West Texas.

And for those of you who were curious, here’s what America would look like if daylight saving time were in effect year-round. While mornings would look miserable pretty much everywhere, there’d at least be plenty of sunshine to enjoy once we got off work.

You can tinker with an interactive version of the daylight saving map on Woodruff’s blog.

All images courtesy of Andy Woodruff.

This article originally ran in 2015.

Here's How Much Money You Need to Retire Early in Each State

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If you're complacent with your career, your goals might be limited to grabbing the last office doughnut. But if you have an eye on retirement, you might be wondering how much it's going to take to walk away from the desk forever.

Cost information website How Much has compiled estimates of the savings residents of each state might need in order to retire early at the ages of 35, 45, and 55. The site used figures from GoBankingRates that looked at the cost of living in the various regions and then estimated annual expenses based on age with an average 4 percent withdrawal rate annually.

If you wanted to retire at age 35 in Ohio, for example, having $1.61 million in your savings account would be ideal. In California, you’d need $2.37 million.

An infographic shows how much money is needed to retire at age 35 in each state
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An infographic shows how much money is needed to retire by age 45 in each state
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An infographic shows how much money is needed to retire by age 55 in each state
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The site cautions that this is an oversimplification of what should be some highly individualized financial planning. Everyone has different needs, and the numbers don't account for inflation or for adjusting the 4 percent annual withdrawal. In short, this is nothing you should pass along to your accountant. What these charts can do, however, is spark motivation to make your own plans for having a comfortable retirement. If you want to spend it in Hawaii, it might be best to start saving now.

[h/t Thrillist]

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