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Census Bureau Reveals Fastest-Growing Large Cities
While the main focus of this release has been on the 3.9 percent of cities with populations of 50,000 or more, the United States is a nation of small towns. Of the nation’s 325.7 million people, an estimated 205.0 million (62.9 percent) live within an incorporated place as of July 1, 2017. Of approximately 19,500 incorporated places, about 76 percent had fewer than 5,000 people and nearly 50 percent had fewer than 1,000 people.
uscities  america  census 
yesterday by JohnDrake
Two in Three Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage
Sixty-seven percent of Americans support same-sex marriage -- the highest level in Gallup's trend. In each of the past three annual polls, Gallup has recorded three-percentage point increases among Americans who say same-sex marriages should be legally valid. The current figure is up 40 percentage points from the 27% who supported gay marriage when Gallup first polled on the question in 1996.
gallup  america  marriage_equality 
2 days ago by JohnDrake
Opinion | Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich - The New York Times
It takes a brave politician to question the privileges enjoyed by the upper middle class. Recently, there have been failed attempts to make zoning laws more inclusive in supposedly liberal cities like Seattle and states like California and Massachusetts. The handout on mortgage interest appears to be an indestructible deduction (unlike in Britain, where the equivalent tax break was phased out under both Conservative and Labour governments by 2000).
politics  economics  culture  america 
3 days ago by sandykoe
The Birth of the New American Aristocracy - The Atlantic
Education—the thing itself, not the degree—is always good. A genuine education opens minds and makes good citizens. It ought to be pursued for the sake of society. In our unbalanced system, however, education has been reduced to a private good, justifiable only by the increments in graduates’ paychecks. Instead of uniting and enriching us, it divides and impoverishes. 
Which is really just a way of saying that our worthy ideals of educational opportunity are ultimately no match for the tidal force of the Gatsby Curve. The metric that has tracked the rising college premium with the greatest precision is—that’s right—intergenerational earnings elasticity, or IGE. Across countries, the same correlation obtains: the higher the college premium, the lower the social mobility.
economics  culture  politics  america 
3 days ago by sandykoe
Overall Q1 US smartphone sales dip 11% YoY, Apple grows a record 16% YoY • Counterpoint Research
<p>Research Director Jeff Fieldhack said, “Dips in sales coming off a holiday period are to be expected, however there are several other factors that make this the weakest Q1 in recent years. For one, postpaid device promotions were not as enticing in the first quarter—most requiring a new line.  In addition, prepaid did not receive its usual February and Q1 bump as prepaid service promos cooled. The ramp-down of government subsidized ‘Lifeline’ programs have cut into prepaid device volumes. BYOD and refurbished devices also continue to impact new device sales.”

<strong>Exhibit 1: Monthly market pulse – OEM & market sales growth (YoY %) Trends</strong><br /><img src="https://www.counterpointresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/US-MArket-Growth-Analysis.png" width="100%" /><br />

• Apple growth percentage is declining during launch periods. However, it has gained overall US market share because of its increasing installed base and B2B and prepaid channel improvements<br />• Samsung growth curve is slipping. There is increased difficulty maintaining momentum through product lifecycles<br />• During periods of prepaid [PAYG] weakness, ‘others’ performance declines. "Others" saw a drastic dip during the first quarter.<br />• The overall US market growth is on a downward slope outside of Apple launch periods.</p>


Down to 38.7m in the first quarter; the first time it has been below 40m for three years. The peak has passed.
smartphone  us  america 
3 days ago by charlesarthur

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