Numbers Game … More Data Connection

By John O. Harney

From time to time, we revive the collection of facts and figures called “Data Connection” that we had published quarterly for nearly 20 years in the print editions of The New England Journal of Higher Education (formerly Connection).

The latest …

Inflation-adjusted increase in household incomes for the bottom quarter of Maine workers between 2016 and 2017 after the state’s voter-approved minimum wage increase: 10% Maine Center for Economic Policy

Reduction in number of Maine children living in poverty between 2016 and 2017 after the minimum wage increase: 10,000 Maine Center for Economic Policy

Percentage of respondents to the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy’s Upper Valley Child Care Survey who reported that child care is necessary in order for them to work: 96% Carsey School of Public Policy (The Upper Valley includes Orange and Windsor Counties in Vermont and Grafton and Sullivan Counties in New Hampshire.)

Number of children under age 5 in the Upper Valley Census who live in fully employed families (two working parents if they live with two and one working parent if they live with one): 7,300 Carsey School of Public Policy

Number of licensed slots available for children in this age group: 4,995 Carsey School of Public Policy

Number of reported hate crimes per 100,000 people in 2016 in Massachusetts: 5.9 WBUR (Data reported to the FBI from agencies—reportedly the highest rate of any state, but also drawn from more agencies than some states, including 70 communities, several colleges and the MBTA.)

U.S. ranks of Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut among “healthiest” U.S. states, according to United Health Foundation: 1,3,5 America’s Health Rankings, United Health Foundation

U.S. rank of South Burlington. Vt., among WalletHub’s 2018’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities, based on 31 indicators of disability-friendliness, ranging from wheelchair-accessible facilities per capita to rate of workers with disabilities to quality of public hospital system: 2 WalletHub

U.S. rank of New Haven, Conn.: 182 WalletHub

For earlier installments of “Data Connection,” see:

Data Connection: New England’s Patriots and More

More Data Connection: Peace in the Valley? Scientists and Kids

Data Connection: State Work, Guns, Sports

Return to Data Connection: Stats on NE Education, Economy, Life

Former print editions at NEJHE Archives

John O. Harney is executive editor of The New England Journal of Higher Education.

Painting of “Grillo Makes the Big Top by Montserrat College professor Timothy Harney.


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