New Hampshire, Vancouver, New York

Savannah Singley

New Hampshire

Crime Rate

New Hampshire is the third safest state in America with only 33,174 crimes annually, only 2,481 are violent. The annual rate per one thousand residents is 25 crimes. The safest place to live in New Hampshire is Hancock. The national average crime rate is higher than New Hampshire's making it safer than all the states in the United States combined.

Sports

The most popular sports in New Hampshire are skiing, snowboarding, and lacrosse. The states teams consists of the Manchester Monarchs whom participate in the American Hockey League and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats who are members of the Eastern League Class AA Baseball. New Hampshire does not have an official basketball or football team so the state majority rooting for the New England Patriots from the NFL and the Boston Celtics from the NBL.

Climate

New Hampshire experiences all four seasons making weather patterns unpredictable throughout the year. The winter season lasts from the end of October until early April. However spring arrives in late March making the most unpredictable weather patterns of the year. It could be a sunny fifty degrees Fahrenheit and then a snowy blizzard the next. However when summer arrives at the end of May, the weather becomes hot, averaging out eighty degrees.

Schools

New Hampshire is ranked fourth on the best educational systems in the country. The high school graduation rate is 78.3%, 18th best in the United States and the state score is 78.8. Preschool enrollment is 51.9%, 8th highest in the country. New Hampshire also does very well on standardized tests.

Unemployment Rates

New Hampshire's unemployment rate currently rests at 5.1% which was taken in October 2013. The state is ranked eleven on the best unemployment rate.

Racial Makeup

  • 91% Caucasian
  • 1.4% African American
  • 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 2.4% Asian
  • 3% Hispanic
  • 1.9% Other Races

Taxes

New Hampshire has high property taxes that are relied on by the state because New Hampshire does not have a sales tax or income tax. New Hampshire believes the property taxes make up for the lose in the other two sections.

Religon Percentages

  • 34% Protestant
  • 29% Catholic
  • 1% LDS (Mormon)
  • 1% Jewish
  • 0.5% Jehovah's Witness
  • 0.5% Muslim
  • 1% Buddhist
  • 0.5% Hindu
  • 26% Non-Religious

Recreational Activities

New Hampshire recreational activities revolve around state parks because lots of outdoor fun activities come from there. People can go snowmobiling, camping, skiing/snowboarding, biking, equestrian activities, and hiking in these sate parks.

Economy

New Hampshire's economy highly relies on technology. SMHT, Smart Manufacturing/High Technology, is the largest and most important state income. However tourism and health care fields also support New Hampshire's economy. Tourism rates are high in the season of fall because many people come from all different places to see the leaves change colors.

New York

Crime Rate

New York is not well known for their fabulous crime rates that is for certain. The annual crime rate total is 455,750, 76,610 are violent. For every one thousand people there are twenty three crimes annually. Duanesburg is the safest city in New York currently.

Economy

The New York economy is dominated by New York City but has other contributors. New York City brings in the most money because of its leading center of banking, finance, and communication in the United States. Other large manufacturing sectors that contribute to the economy are the printing and production of garments, furs, railroad rolling stock, and bus line vehicles. The economy also relies heavily on mining, exports. and agriculture. New York has the 3rd highest income in the United States right behind California and Texas. If New York was its own nation, it would have the 16th largest economy in the world behind South Korea.

Taxes

New York's sales tax is a bit tricky. The sales tax for clothing and footwear under $110 are exempt from the New York City and New York State tax. Items above $110 are subject to the 4.5% New York City tax and the 4% New York state tax.

Climate

New York experiences four seasons just like many other states in the New England region. The summers in New York are humid while the winters are very cold. The summer climate is cooler in the Adirondacks and Catskills mountains.

Schools

New York has very good liberal arts colleges such as Vassar College, State University of New York at Geneseo, Hamilton College, and Colgate University.

Religion Percentages

  • 68% Christian (38% Catholic)
  • 9% Jewish
  • 3.5% Muslim/Islamic
  • 1% Buddhist
  • 4% Other Religions
  • 13% Non-Religious
  • 6% Refused

Unemployment/Job Rates

New York's unemployment rate is at 7.7%, taken in October 2013. However the highest paying jobs in New York right now are involved in management, legal, computer science, healthcare, business finance operations, and arts and entertainment.

Racial Makeup

44.6% Caucasian

27.5% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

25.1% African American

11.8% Asian

0.4% American Indian

0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

16% Other Races

Sports

Popular sports in New York are baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. Big teams that represent New York are the New York Yankees who play baseball, the New York Giants and the New York Jets who play football for the NFL, and the New York Red Bulls who play soccer.

Recreational Activities

New York is known for its famous city of New York City which houses the most recreational activities. Many people whom are in NYC visit the various museums they have such as Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of National History, and the Museum of Modern Art. Also NYC is popular for their many tourist attractions such as Broadway, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the Empire State Building, Liberty Tower, and the 9/11 Memorial.

Vancouver

Crime Rate

In the city of Vancouver there are 7,079 total annual crimes, 593 are considered violent. Vancouver is safer than 13% of the cities in the United States of America and is ranked 13th out of 100 in the safest places in Canada.

Climate

Vancouver's climate is the moderate oceanic climate meaning the summer months are dry and it is rainy throughout the rest of the year.

Taxes

In Vancouver there is a 7% PST, Provincial Sales Tax. And the Goods and Services Tax is 5%. However if you are buying any sort of alcoholic beverage it is 10%.

Schools

Vancouver has the same general school system as the United States having public, independent (private), and home schooling. The best colleges in and around Vancouver are the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, Columbia College, Langara College, Vancouver Community College, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Stenberg College.

Unemployment Rate

Vancouver's unemployment rate was recently at 6.6%, however it lowered to 6.4% in December because the city created more full time jobs for the population.

Religion Percentages

  • 48.8% No Religious Affiliation including Agnostic, Atheists, and Humanists
  • 36.2% Christian
  • 5.6% Buddhist
  • 2.8% Sikh
  • 2.2% Muslim
  • 1.7% Jewish
  • 1.3% Hindu
  • 0.8% Other Religions
  • 0.09% Aboriginal Spirituality

Sports

The most popular sports in Vancouver are ice hockey, lacrosse, and Canadian football. Popular sports teams in the Vancouver area are the BC Lions who play football, the Vancouver Canucks who play for the National Hockey League, the Vancouver Canadians who play baseball, and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC who play soccer.

Economy

International trade is huge in Vancouver because it is located at the nations gateway which is the Pacific Rim, a major port, and the main terminus of transcontinental highway and rail routes. Other major economic sectors besides trade include film, national resources, technology, and tourism.

Recreational Activities

There are lots places to go in Vancouver but few among the many are VanDusen Botanical Garden, UBC Robson Square, DR. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Vancouver Aquarium, and Rogers Arena.

Conclusion

Many Americans might be turned away from New York because of the high crime rate and tax, but if you look past the negatives you see the greatness New York has to offer, and especially to what I am looking for in a future place to live. New York has an amazing economy, mostly thanks to the capital, New York City which is where I am planning to live. NYC houses the best colleges such as New York University, Colombia University, and Fordham University. In New York, the unemployment rate is definitely a little bit high at 7.7%, but only because people are not looking for the correct jobs. The most occupations are available in legal and healthcare fields, and many more, but those are where I will most likely seek employment. Include the beautiful four seasons it houses and its warmer climate than higher New England and you have an amazing state to live in. To make it even better recreation is big in New York. There are many museums to see, sites to visit, places to shop, restaurants to eat at, and so much more. There is never a boring moment or a slow dull day in NYC and that is exactly what I am looking for in my future life.

Works Cited

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