My tabs are like tribbles; time to clear the queue!
Teen pregnancy and abortion rates are at all-time lows in the U.S. The Guttmacher Institute reports that from 2008 to 2010, teen pregnancy and abortion rates declined in every state and among whites, blacks, and Hispanics. Guttmacher also reports that "increasing proportions of 18–19-year-olds reported having ever had sex, yet fewer of them became pregnant. The likely reason is improved contraceptive use and use of more effective methods."
Let's really reach: maybe fewer teen pregnancies means those young people can get educated, get better jobs, and earn more money, which would explain at least some of the 2.3% increase in real personal income, the bang we get or our bucks, nationwide in 2012. But check out this data that Larry Kurtz showed me: real personal income in the Sioux Falls and Rapid City metro areas dropped in 2012. With Daugaardonomics in full swing, pocketbook power dropped about $500 in Rapid and about $1,000 in Sioux Falls. South Dakotans were still better off at the end of 2012 than we were under the Rounds Administration, but we won't be if the 2012 drop becomes a trend.
South Dakota is the best state in which to retire, says Bankrate.com. These bean counters, who may or may not have ever spent six months shoveling the sidewalk and plugging in the car each night, say our low taxes, low crime, and great health care make up for the weather. Plus they say Aberdeen offers lots to do.
I plan to retire in South Dakota for reasons entirely separate from Bankrate's; friend of the blog Stan Gibilisco questions the criteria of the Bankrate review and the definition of retirement. He also reminds us that retirees will spend a lot less on utilities in Hawaii:
(Filming with an iPad affixed to a window with Gorilla Tape?! Ah, resourcefulness!)