Minnesota Tops the Charts (as per usual)!
I’m not sure if anyone else has google news alerts set up for Minneapolis-related stories, but here are a couple of links to articles that further prove how awesome Minnesota is (at least compared to most of the rest of this ridiculous country).
“So how did New York, last year’s No. 1 city for working mothers, get displaced by unassuming Minneapolis? This year we placed greater emphasis on women’s earnings, which we think play a major role in the best cities for women to work and raise children.
And at only 216 crimes per 100,000 residents annually, Minneapolis has the lowest violent crime rate, which means there are fewer murders, rapes, robberies and assaults than any other major U.S. city, as well as the second-lowest unemployment rate at 6.4%.”
“Minnesota isn’t doing very well compared to itself” a decade earlier, said Kara Arzamendia, research director for the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, which produced the local data for the national report. “We’re not doing better by kids.”
The state showed improvements since 2000 in its rates of infant mortality, child deaths, teen deaths, teen pregnancies and school dropouts. But Arzamendia said that increasing poverty threatens to pull those statistics in the wrong direction. Low family income can lead to unhealthy behaviors, deteriorating living conditions and an increase in crime, she said.