Can someone please commission a study that ranks St. Louis and Missouri as number one in most likely to be ranked as an unappealing place to live? Or are we too black for that too?
- The Associated Press picked up a study from a group called the Every Child Matters Educational Fund that found Missouri has "the fifth highest rate of kids dying from abuse and neglect." The study, detailed in today's Post-Dispatch, found that "fifty children in Missouri died in 2007 as a result of abuse or neglect, which is a rate of 3.5 per 100,000 children. Kentucky had the highest rate at 4.09 per 100,000 children."
- A group called the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy named Missouri as one of the ten least energy efficient states in the country. While California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut were the three best, Missouri was gently chided as having the "most room for improvement."
- On the other hand, Forbes magazine recently ranked St. Louis as the fifth best "recession proof" retirement city. We were lauded for being "third for cost of living, fourth for median monthly housing cost and sixth for median home price." Atlanta was the best.