Did you know that Ohio is the seventh cheapest state to live in America or that the average two-bedroom apartment in New York City rents for more than $4,000 a month?
That’s according to a couple of press releases that crossed the desk last week.
Almost daily, The Lima News receives such ratings from some type of marketing firm, web service or government entity. They typically come with an explanation on what data was used to arrive at the conclusion as well as a push for us to write a story.
Take these three news bites from HomeSnacks, a web site which boasts it arrives at its conclusions based on “Friday Night Science” — how you would argue at a bar:
• New Hampshire is the safest state in which to live.
• Santa Clara, California, is the best city to raise a family.
• Lubbock, Texas, is the most conservative city.
The U.S. Census Bureau told us last week that the average American household spends $2,197 on property taxes for their homes each year.
Other ditties from Diana Popa of WalletHub:
• New York has the longest hours worked per week, 40.3, which is 2.8 times longer than in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the city with the shortest at 14.6.
• Anchorage, Alaska, has the longest average commute time, 41 minutes, which is 1.2 times longer than in Burlington, Vermont, the city with the shortest at 33.5 minutes.
• Salt Lake City contributes the most annual volunteer hours per resident, 65.91, which is 3.7 times more than in Providence, Rhode Island, the city that contributes the fewest at 17.76.
• Omaha, Nebraska, has the lowest share of idle youth 16-24-years-old, 7.1 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in Bakersfield, California, the city with the highest at 18.7 percent.
• Laredo, Texas, has the lowest cost per doctor’s visit, $62.78, which is three times less expensive than in Boston, the city with the highest at $188.
• Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest share of adults eating fruit less than once daily, 31.7 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in Little Rock, Arkansas, the city with the highest at 56.2 percent.
• Bridgeport, Connecticut, has the lowest average monthly cost for a fitness-club membership, $10, which is 7.3 times less expensive than in New York, the city with the highest at $73.48.
• Austin, Texas, was named as the best state capital in which to live, while Florida edged Louisiana as the most sinful state. The most sinful city wasn’t even close — New Orleans.
ROSES AND THORNS: Some teens with a lot of heart find a spot in the rose garden.
Rose: The name of the group is a mouthful — the Kalida Project Lead the Way Biomedical Innovations class — but what the seven students did was heartfelt. They raised nearly $11,000 during the Fort Jennings and Kalida boys basketball game, the money going to fight congenital heart disease. Five students from the two schools live with the disease.
Rose: To Jennie Florence Spacht, “the queen of Buckland,” who celebrates her 100th birthday Sunday. Woodrow Wilson was president at that time she was born and she was in elementary school when Babe Ruth had his 60-home run season.
Rose: To Delbert and JoAnn Henry of Ada. When they retired from farming, they took the money from selling machinery and began purchasing classic cars and trucks. They now have 14 such vehicles.
Rose: An A&W Restaurant is expected to open in Lima on July 4 on Allentown Road near Walgreens.
Rose:To Erin Grim, Margie Anich and Larry Webb who were honored by the Lima Rotary club for winning top awards from the Arts Advocacy Collaborative of West Central Ohio.
Thorn: A large sewer underneath Grand Avenue in Lima caved in, closing the road between Woodward and Baxter streets. “This isn’t just an overnight repair,” said Mike Caprella, matter-of-factly. Lima’s utilities department director added it could take two weeks or more to fix the sinkhole.
Thorn: Special Olympics Ohio held a Polar Plunge on Saturday at Grand Lake St. Marys. Given the lake’s problems with toxins in recent years, the location of the event was surprising.
PARTING SHOT: Velcro — what a rip-off.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.