WHER Chat: Majority of States with Highest Poverty Rates are in the South

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey one-year estimates reveal that the national poverty rate was 11.8 percent in 2018, a decrease from 12.3 percent in 2017. Fourteen states had a poverty decline, while Connecticut was the only state to have an increase during the same time period. Seven states had poverty rates lower than 10 percent in 2018, but other states have the highest poverty rates up to 19.7 percent. Read more for a list of the states with the highest poverty rates. 

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National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Today marks National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, the largest event in the United States promoting women’s health awareness and physical activity that occurs on every last Wednesday of September. Over 500 groups across the country will join forces to inspire women of all ages to be healthy and active through events at senior centers, hospitals, health centers, parks, schools, and other community locations. An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 women are expected to participate this year. 

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Fortune Ranks Most Powerful Women in Business for 2019

Yesterday, Fortune released their 2019 list of the Most Powerful Women in Business, which ranks women business leaders based on factors, such as the size and importance of their business in the global economy, the health and direction of their business, the arc of their career, as well as their social and cultural influence. Topping the list for the second year in a row is Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin.

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Highest-Paying Jobs & Companies in 2019

Job-listing site Glassdoor just released their list of the Highest-Paying Jobs and Highest-Paying Companies in 2019. It might not come as a shock that the highest-paying jobs are in healthcare: Physician, Pharmacy Manager and Dentist, which require many years of schooling, were ranked as the top highest-paying career choices. The median base salary for a Physician is $193,415, $144,768 for a Pharmacy Manager and $142,478 for a Dentist. 

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Clarksville, Tennessee Named Best Place to Live in the U.S.

MONEY recently released their ranking of the 2019 Best Places to Live, featuring cities across the nation with Clarksville, Tennessee coming out on top. Places with a population of 50,000 or more were measured based on factors such as economic health, cost of living, diversity, public education, income, health and safety, and amenities. 

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WHER Chat: Women Hold One in Five Corporate Board Seats in America’s Top Companies

The Wall Street Journal reports that women now hold one out of every five seats on the corporate boards of America’s 3,000 largest publicly-traded companies. This increase of women’s representation on corporate boards increased from 15 percent in 2016 to 20 percent this year, according to data from Equilar. 

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WHER Chat: Lowest Poverty Rate for Female-Householder Families

According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, the official poverty rate decreased 0.5 percentage points from 12.3 percent to 11.8 percent between 2017 and 2018. A large proportion of this decline is attributed to a drop in the poverty rate of female-householder families with no spouse present, which dropped by 1.7 percentage points to 26.8 percent. The poverty rate for this group is at the lowest on record. The previous low poverty rate for these families was 28.5 percent in both 2000 and 2017.

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‘Never Forget’ 9/11: National Day of Service and Remembrance

Today marks the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans in 2001. Eighteen years on from this national tragedy, we take the time to remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

On December 18, 2001, Congress named September 11 ‘Patriot Day’ to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks. Eight years later, on April 21, 2009, Congress requested that the observance of September 11 be annually recognized as ‘National Day of Service and Remembrance.’

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Hawaii Named the ‘Happiest State in America’

WalletHub just released their list of 2019’s Happiest States in America, and the Aloha State comes out at the top as the happiest state. The company analyzed all fifty states using research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s well-being and satisfaction in life. Happiness is influenced by a variety of internal and external factors but where we choose to live can have a significant influence on our quality of life. 

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NAWRB Introduces Weekly WHER Chat Series

In honor of the release of the 2019 NAWRB Women Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER), NAWRB invites the housing and real estate community to participate in the WHER Chat series to discuss key topics and themes in the report. Each week, we will post a “WHER Chat” blog with a different topic for public discussion. Professionals and industry experts are encouraged to bring their unique perspective and overlooked problems or issues to create an informative and engaging dialogue regarding the dynamic ecosystem.

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