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Residents in 9 states spend over $300 a year on lottery tickets.

The Mega Millions jackpot is at a record-high $1.6 billion — here’s which states spend the most buying lottery tickets

The Mega Millions jackpot is at a record-high $1.6 billion, and Americans love to play the lottery. Lottery tickets are most popular among residents in Massachusetts — and least popular in North Dakota.
Service workers celebrate in 2016 after California passed a bill that gradually raises the minimum wage until it reaches $15.00 per hour in 2022.

20 years of government data says raising the minimum wage could be good for workers, businesses, and the economy

Economists for the US Census Bureau have found that a raise in minimum wage leads to increased earnings growth for lower-income people, suggesting it's an effective tool for decreasing unstable inequality in the country.
The oldest and youngest places in every state are determined by data from the US Census Bureau.

Here are the oldest and youngest places in America, in one map

Age distributions vary widely across different parts of the US. Using data from the Census Bureau, we found the US counties with the highest and lowest median ages.

Online sales still account for less than 10% of all retail sales

Two decades after Amazon streamlined the process, sales from e-commerce account for a little less than $10 of every $100 spent in retail as a whole.
Guests enjoy the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Why no one can agree where the South really is

The South is the fastest growing region in the United States, but not everyone agrees on where the South actually is. Experts are often at odds with public perception when it comes to states like Texas, Missouri, Maryland, and Delaware.
A fake tombstone.

Here are the US counties where more people are dying than being born

The US Census Bureau recently released its estimates of population change from 2016 to 2017 for each of the nation's 3,142 counties and county equivalents.

Americans are making more money than ever — with the exception of people in 8 states

The median household income was on the rise in 42 states last year.

How much income you have to earn to be considered middle class in every US state

The American middle class is richer than ever, according to the latest income data from the US Census Bureau.

Middle-class Americans made more money last year than ever before

Median income in the United States climbed to $59,039 in 2016, the highest on record.

The 15 fastest-growing cities in the US

Populations in the South grew at a faster rate than any other US region between 2015 and 2016.