Data Visualizations

Stateline's collection of infographics

When State Executives Make More Than the Governor
July 23, 2013 By Melissa Maynard , Staff Writer

When State Executives Make More Than the Governor

Who is the highest-paid administrator in your state? Hint: It probably isn’t the governor, according to a salary survey from the Council of State Governments. More

July Fourth Holiday Special
July 3, 2013 By Stateline Staff

July Fourth Holiday Special

Oh Say, Can You Count? July Fourth, by the Numbers More

News You Can Use: Consumer-Focused Laws Take Effect in July
June 28, 2013 By Maggie Clark , Staff Writer

News You Can Use: Consumer-Focused Laws Take Effect in July

A large batch of new laws take effect July 1. How will they affect your life? More

States Take Aim at Student Debt as July 1 Deadline Looms
June 21, 2013 By Adrienne Lu , Staff Writer

States Take Aim at Student Debt as July 1 Deadline Looms

As Congress debates student loan interest rates, some states are trying to address growing student debt More

States Address Disasters’ Staggering Costs
June 11, 2013 By Jim Malewitz, Staff Writer

States Address Disasters’ Staggering Costs

The cost of climate disasters is staggering, and some state and local officials are exploring new policy approaches to managing them. More

Cuts to Food Stamps Are Key in Farm Bill Debate
June 19, 2013 By Jake Grovum , Staff Writer

Cuts to Food Stamps Are Key in Farm Bill Debate

Differences in Washington over how to cut food stamp spending have divided Congress, and could mean big changes for the states and millions of Americans. More

May 2, 2013 By Michael Ollove , Staff Writer

Finish Line Fast Approaching on Medicaid Expansion

The Supreme Court gave states a choice: Medicaid expansion or not. It’s time to choose. Here’s where they stand now. More

Medicaid Expansion by the Numbers
May 20, 2013 By Christine Vestal , Staff Writer

Medicaid Expansion by the Numbers

The ACA was expected to cover 32 million uninsured Americans by 2022. Six states are on the fence about expanding Medicaid. More

May 6, 2013 By Daniel C. Vock , Staff Writer

Road Deaths Climb in 2012, Ending Six-Year Slide

New England and the Southwest top the country in highest rate of increase in traffic fatalities. More

With Vote, Minnesota Is 12th State to Allow Gay Marriage
May 13, 2013 By Jake Grovum , Staff Writer

With Vote, Minnesota Is 12th State to Allow Gay Marriage

Minnesota becomes the 12th state to allow gay marriage and the third state to do so this month. More

Infographic: Spending on Public Health Drops
April 23, 2013 By Michael Ollove , Staff Writer

Infographic: Spending on Public Health Drops

Our public health systems are meant to be at the forefront of prevention, but state and federal investments are shrinking. More

Lawmakers Move Swiftly to Block Release of Gun Permit Records
March 7, 2013 By Jim Malewitz, Staff Writer

Lawmakers Move Swiftly to Block Release of Gun Permit Records

Government watchdogs say they are losing the ability to check whether people legally barred from owning guns are gaining access. More

Which States Tax Your Travel the Most?
March 28, 2013 By Pamela M. Prah , Staff Writer

Which States Tax Your Travel the Most?

Your vacation dollar won’t go as far in some destinations because of state and local travel taxes. More

February 21, 2013 By Melissa Maynard , Staff Writer

State and Local Government Employment Trends

State and local governments have shed 681,000 jobs since their peak in August 2008, by far the steepest drop of any recession in the last 50 years. More

February 19, 2013 By Michael Ollove , Staff Writer

Update: Health Care Exchanges

With their deadline past, 26 states have not taken steps to establish their own health care exchanges, thereby defaulting to a federally run operation in their states. More

Obama vs. Romney: Issues Key to States (Infographic)
October 9, 2012 By Pamela M. Prah , Staff Writer

Obama vs. Romney: Issues Key to States (Infographic)

On a variety of issues, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are pushing competing proposals that would profoundly affect states. More

Infographic: Ballot Measures Gave Voters Say on Divisive Issues
November 7, 2012 By Pamela M. Prah , Staff Writer

Infographic: Ballot Measures Gave Voters Say on Divisive Issues

Voters in 38 states will decide 174 statewide ballot measures on Election Day. Are any on your ballot? More

Infographic: State Health Insurance Exchanges
September 5, 2012 By Christine Vestal , Staff Writer

Infographic: State Health Insurance Exchanges

The Affordable Care Act asks states to create health insurance exchanges to help their residents purchase coverage. Only 15 have done so. The rest risk having the federal government do the job for them. More

Infographic: Annual State Lottery Sales
July 20, 2012 By Teresa Wiltz, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Annual State Lottery Sales

New York led all states in lottery sales in fiscal year 2011. Massachusetts residents spent more per capita than residents of any other state. More

Infographic: S&P State Credit Ratings, 2001–2012
July 13, 2012 By Stateline Staff

Infographic: S&P State Credit Ratings, 2001–2012

Private, independent credit rating agencies evaluate states’ financial health. States with the lowest grades typically have trouble keeping their spending in line with their tax revenues. More

Infographic: Thirty Years of State Recalls
June 5, 2012 By Stateline Staff

Infographic: Thirty Years of State Recalls

In all of U.S. history, only two state governors have been recalled from office. Today, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker seeks to avoid becoming the third. More

Infographic: A Turning Point for Gay Marriage?
May 4, 2012 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: A Turning Point for Gay Marriage?

Gay marriage supporters have won big victories in state courts and state capitals in recent years. Now, they’re hoping to extend that success to the ballot box. More

Interactive: Job Gains and Losses 2007-2012
May 23, 2012 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Interactive: Job Gains and Losses 2007-2012

While most states posted modest gains, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and New Hampshire were among seven states that lost jobs. More

Infographic: Have Gambling Investments Paid Off?
February 23, 2012 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Have Gambling Investments Paid Off?

Most states that legalized casinos, lotteries or racetrack casinos in the past 10 years have yet to collect the annual state and local revenues promised by political and industry champions of legalization. More

Infographic: Death Penalty Decline
December 16, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Death Penalty Decline

Fewer people have been sentenced to die in 2011 than in any year since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. Many states that allow for use of the death penalty use it infrequently, if ever. More

Infographic: How a European Recession Could Hit State Economies
December 2, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: How a European Recession Could Hit State Economies

As Europe's economic woes deepen, what's the potential impact on U.S. states? A new report looks at export data to answer part of that question. More

Infographic: Super Committee Blowup May Hit States Hard
November 23, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Super Committee Blowup May Hit States Hard

States depend on Washington for more than direct grant assistance. Federal wages and procurement dollars are a big part of many state economies. Come 2013, much of that money could be gone. More

Infographic: Southern Strength
October 17, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Southern Strength

Republican dominance in the South started with presidential elections and only later came to statehouses. More

Infographic: State and Local Employment Is Down, But Not Everywhere
October 7, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: State and Local Employment Is Down, But Not Everywhere

State and local governments in two-thirds of the states have reduced their workforces in the past three years. The biggest reductions came in Nevada, Hawaii and Georgia. But other states, led by Wyoming, grew their public sector employment base. More

Infographic: How California Redevelopment Agencies Work
October 5, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: How California Redevelopment Agencies Work

Under California law, when cities and counties declare an area blighted, a redevelopment agency takes responsibility for urban renewal. More

Infographic: Local Government By The Numbers
October 4, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Local Government By The Numbers

There are 89,476 local governments in the United States. More

Infographic: State Cuts in Funding to Localities, Fiscal Year 2012
October 3, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: State Cuts in Funding to Localities, Fiscal Year 2012

In fiscal terms, this has been the year local governments have feared ever since the Great Recession began - the year states voted for drastic cutbacks in the aid they provide to cities, counties and townships. More

Infographic: Disaster Declarations Climb
September 26, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Disaster Declarations Climb

The past few years have seen a surge in presidential disaster declarations. More

Infographic: Poverty Up, Incomes Cown in Most States
September 23, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Poverty Up, Incomes Cown in Most States

Data released Thursday (September 22) by the U.S. Census Bureau show that 20 states saw a 20 percent or higher increase in the poverty rate from 2007 to 2010. Over the same time, median incomes fell by more than 7 percent in 16 states. More

Infographic: Student Loan Defaults Rise as Job Prospects Dim
September 16, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Student Loan Defaults Rise as Job Prospects Dim

The recession has led to more student defaults and a higher unemployment rate for people in their 20s than the national average. More

Infographic: Since September 11, a Much Changed National Guard
September 9, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Since September 11, a Much Changed National Guard

Before 2001, the state-based units of the National Guard were often viewed as "weekend warriors" that governors called out to respond to natural disasters. But in the decade that followed, the Guard became an increasingly integrated part of the military in Afghanistan and Iraq. More

Infographic: A Due Date Nears on Unemployment Trust Fund Loans
September 2, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: A Due Date Nears on Unemployment Trust Fund Loans

Starting September 30, states that borrowed money from the federal government to pay benefits to unemployed workers will have to begin paying interest on those loans. More

Infographic: The Aging States of America
August 26, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: The Aging States of America

For states, changing demographic patterns, visualized here as "population pyramids," have major implications for policy and politics. More

Infographic: 'Frontloading' of Primaries and Caucuses Eases in 2012
August 19, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: 'Frontloading' of Primaries and Caucuses Eases in 2012

In recent years, states have been holding earlier presidential contests to gain more influence over the selection of a candidate. Now some are moving the opposite way. More

Infographic: A Brief History of S&P's State Credit Ratings
August 12, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: A Brief History of S&P's State Credit Ratings

Standard & Poor's may have downgraded the federal government's AAA credit. But when it comes to the states, the ratings giant recently has given more upgrades than downgrades. More

Infographic: The Rise and Fall of State Revenues
August 8, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: The Rise and Fall of State Revenues

Recent rises in revenue are still below their 2008 peak.

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Infographic: Aging Boomers
August 4, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Aging Boomers

55 million Americans will be 65 and older by 2020. More

Infographic: How a Federal Default Would Hit States
July 29, 2011 By Carla Uriona, Special to Stateline

Infographic: How a Federal Default Would Hit States

If the federal government begins defaulting on its obligations next week, it will clearly have some impact on states. The question is: How much? More

Infographic: State Jobs: The Long-Term View
July 15, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: State Jobs: The Long-Term View

Recessions over the past 35 years have led to slight declines in the number of state employees, but the state workforce has always risen again when the downturn is over. The most recent recession appears to be different. More

Infographic: Underwater Mortgages Still a Drag on Housing
July 8, 2011 By Lauren Orsini, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Underwater Mortgages Still a Drag on Housing

More than three out of five Nevada homeowners with mortgages owe more on that loan than their property is worth. Although the problem with "underwater" mortgages has been incrementally improving, it remains a drag on the housing market and economies of many states. More

Infographic: Wyoming First in Federal Dollars Per Capita
July 1, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: Wyoming First in Federal Dollars Per Capita

The federal budget provides about 30 percent of state revenue, making it the largest single source of funds for many states. But the feds are more generous with some states than others. More

Infographic: For State Budgets, A Long Road Back to Peak Revenue
April 29, 2011 By Mary Mahling, Special to Stateline

Infographic: For State Budgets, A Long Road Back to Peak Revenue

State revenues are coming back. But most states have a long way to go before they'll be bringing in as many tax dollars as they did before the recession. More

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