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This record store wants to prove that downtown Jackson, Mississippi, is a destination

Jun 12, 2023
"There's always something to do here," says Phillip Rollins, owner of the store OffBeat. "People just don't know how to find it."
Phillip Rollins' store, OffBeat, was part of 601JXN, an event that aimed to bring people downtown.
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How much have prices increased over the past year? It depends on where you live.

Jan 30, 2023
Inflation's been running hotter in areas that people have been moving into — and cooler where they're moving out.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in Miami, seen above, have ticked up more than 10%. Housing costs are partially to blame.
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How the pandemic created an unexpected "baby bump"

Oct 19, 2022
The country's birth rate rose in 2021, thanks — at least in part to — schedule flexibility provided by remote work, a study author says.
"By the end of 2021, births for U.S. mothers were up by about 6%, relative to the pre-pandemic trend," UCLA professor Martha Bailey says.
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The economics of the "Avengers" universe

Apr 25, 2019
The events of the last “Avengers” film could have dramatic economic consequences.
The cast and crew of "Avengers: Infinity War" attend the Los Angeles premiere. 

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For many businesses, good census data is the benchmark

Apr 22, 2019
What happens when the numbers aren't accurate?
Forms for Census 2010 are displayed during an event to promote the census on April 1, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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The fastest—and slowest—growing counties in the U.S.

Apr 19, 2019
Counties in Texas, North Dakota and Florida are experiencing a high rate of population growth.

Texas leads way in population growth

Apr 18, 2019
Strong economy and a lower cost of living are contributing to the increase in the Lone Star State.
A fan waves a Texas state flag while the Texas Rangers play.
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Americans are having fewer babies, and it might have to do with the economy

Jan 22, 2019
Since the Great Recession hit in late 2007, fertility rates have been declining in the United States. A recent CDC study helps make the link between fertility and the economy.
"We know there's a link between the economy and fertility," says Gretchen Livingston of the Pew Research Center. "But at the same time you know by many measures the economy has recovered and fertility has not."
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The census adds a citizenship question for the first time since 1950

Mar 27, 2018
Every 10 years, the government takes an accounting of us. Ideally, every one of us. And that population count — the U.S. Census — determines a lot of things, like how many seats your state has in the House of Representatives, and how much federal money is doled out to local communities for important services […]

Shanghai caps population to combat "big city diseases"

Jan 17, 2018
China's Cabinet has decreed that the city's population should be 25 million — barely more than it is today.
Two out of five residents in Shanghai are migrants, who mainly take up the jobs others don't want. The government is trying to stop migrants from poorer regions from flooding megacities.
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