The Top Exported Good in Each State, in One Map

The U.S. economy is diverse, with strengths in many different industries. This diversity ultimately strengthens the economy and makes it more resilient to shocks. A map of the top exports from each state illustrates this diversity. As a follow up to a previous blog post on state imports, we decided to look at the most exported products from each state. The map above summarizes the results of our analysis of export data from U.S Census Bureau. At first glance, there are a lot of

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The Top Imported Good in Each State, in One Map

Looking at the dominant import of each state reveals the economic commodity on which each state is most dependent. Immediately noticeable is the dominance of oil and oil-related products such as gasoline or vehicles. The U.S. economy, like other industrialized economies, is highly reliant on the production and flow of oil. The map above shows each state’s largest import (by dollar value) in 2014. Imports can be broken down into four main categories: fuel, food, electronics, and machinery. An interesting finding is certainly the

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Cost Obsessions Around the World

Google’s autocomplete function provides suggestions derived from common Google searches by other users. Comparing autocomplete results for searches on different countries reveals how certain places are perceived by people around the World. It turns out that Google searches for the cost of something vary widely depending on the country of interest. For example, people are most interested in the cost of a passport or a patent in North America. As for Europe, many are concerned about practical things like the cost of living, studying, or

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The Most Unique Jobs in the Top 50 U.S Metros

It is well known that each U.S. state is unique in terms of the employment opportunities available. But it turns out that the types of jobs that are common in metropolitan areas also vary greatly, even between cities within the same state. We looked at data for 50 of the biggest cities in the U.S. to see which jobs are more common than the U.S. average. The results reveal many interesting trends and confirm some stereotypes about U.S. cities. The U.S.

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How Much Does it Cost to Live The American Dream?

The answer depends on where you want to live. The American Dream of homeownership is no longer realistic for many Americans with middle class wages. Across the country, the affordability of single family homes varies widely. To buy an average home in Cleveland, one would need a salary of at least $22,400, while an average home in San Francisco demands a salary of at least $137,500. Homeownership has long been seen as a natural step toward a secure future. But with wages in the

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What Cost is each State Obsessed with

Weed, liposuction and laser eye surgery, according to Google Inc., rank among the top searched-for costs of popular products and services in Denver. While Colorado now permits recreational uses of marijuana — including its alleged side effects, such as excessive hunger and bloodshot eyes — what are some of the autocomplete predictions of search queries for goods and services elsewhere? Most of them seem quite controversial. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(

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How Much Does a Software Developer Make in Every State?

While salaries for software developers remain hot in California, they’ve stayed cold in North Dakota. In the following analysis, Fixr sheds light on federal data to provide a snapshot of software development wages in each state. The median pay for developers in the United States is $93,350 per year—more than twofold the annual wage for all workers. Annual pay for the position ranges from $64,980 in North Dakota to $119,180 in California. The field of software development requires expertise in computer

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How Much does the Biggest Solar-power Plant Cost (Infographic)

Riverside County desert, in California is now home to the world’s largest solar-power plant, which generates enough energy to power 160,000 homes. Check out the amazing facts that make this plant the biggest of its kind. Credit/sources: * USA Today * Solar panel cost guide * Image: Terry Pierson—The Press Enterprise/AP Embed this infographic on your site Source: Solar panel cost guide * Image: Terry Pierson-The Press Enterprise/AP

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How Much does It Cost to...

At Fixr, we get that question asked a lot. That's why we are starting this blog about costs. Expect 2+ posts per week covering anything cost-related, from frugal tips to cost of living. And yes, lots of cool pictures!

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