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How Much Money an Hour You Need to Make to Afford Rent in Each State

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It's no secret that minimum wage is far too low for modern workers in the United States. At the moment, the lowest hourly rate in each state teeters between about seven and ten dollars. While we're making steps to give people fair wages, we still have a long way to go, as illustrated by this map. The National Low Income Housing Coalition released a report called Out of Reach,” that illustrates the divide between minimum wage and housing prices. It looks at how much a full-time employee would have to make an hour to afford a fair market, two-bedroom apartment using only 30 percent of his or her income. 

As expected, the results don't look good. No state currently offers a minimum wage that could allow a worker to afford an apartment. This comes as no surprise for more expensive metro areas like New York City, where most citizens are expected to use up to half their earnings to pay rent, but the problem extends to even the most inexpensive areas like in South Dakota. The national average to afford an apartment is $20.30 hourly ($42,240 annually) but the federal minimum wage is only $7.25. A person would have to work 112 hours a week to be able to afford the average rent. 

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Mapping the Most Popular Holiday Movie in Each State
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The holiday season is all about unity, but few topics are more divisive than which Christmas movie is the ultimate seasonal film. For every Home Alone fan, there’s an Elf enthusiast. To settle the score, the folks at online TV service provider CableTV.com have collected the top-rated yuletide films as rated over at AMC, and cross-referenced them with Google Trends state data from the past 10 years. They crunched the data, and compiled it into a map of each state’s favorite holiday flick.

Residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Vermont liked films set in their home states: Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (filmed in Winnetka, Illinois), It’s a Wonderful Life (set in the fictional city of Bedford Falls, New York), and White Christmas (set in the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont) all came out on top in those states, respectively.

As for Southern residents, they preferred Christmas cartoons and comedies, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In New England, movie fans kept it cozy with the classics, including White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Pockets of the Midwest appreciated National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes region liked Home Alone and Elf. And out West, the Nightmare Before Christmas reigned supreme.

Check out the full results in the map above.

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Each Country's Tourism Slogan, Mapped
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Countries are not products, so it's weird to think of having to "sell" them, but that's exactly what tourist bureaus exist to do. In order to entice potential travelers, many countries have taken a cue from the corporate world and adopted their very own slogans.

FamilyBreakFinder decided to compile a list of all the known tourist slogans and throw them onto one big map. Each of the grey countries shown have an official slogan, while the purple countries do not. Some are vague (like the United States's "All within your reach"), some are enthusiastic (like Brazil's "Brasil—sensational!"), and some are confident (like Uganda's "You're welcome").

If you know of a slogan that's not on the map, let us know in the comments. 

[h/t Digg]

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