States with the Most Mass Shootings

On Thursday, July 23, a man walked into a movie theatre in Lafayette, Lousiana, and opened fire. He killed 2 movie-goers, and another 7 people were injured in the event. Tragically, this is yet another mass shooting in America—now a semi-regular occurrence.

A mass shooting is defined as, “when four or more people are shot in an event, or related series of events.” By this definition, 40 of the 50 U.S. states have already experienced a mass shooting in 2015. To put that into perspective, according to USA Today, mass shootings happen about every two weeks in America.

Our hearts go out to the victims of this incident and the many gun-related tragedies that have occurred.

Check out USA Today’s in-depth look at this troubling phenomenon to get a deeper understanding.

Michael Pecirno’s Minimalist Maps Reveal the Hidden Landscapes of America

London-based designer Michael Pecirno creates minimalist maps in an ongoing project to understand the landscape of the world. His work is exploratory, using a decidedly narrow set of data to see the unique patterns it creates across the land. In each case, the map is drawn with data points, leaving traditional physical and political borders to our imagination.

The Majority of Americans Do Not Have a College Degree

62%. That’s the number of American’s with no college degree. If you don’t count Associates degrees, the number rises to a sizeable 66.9%.

Millennials Have Officially Taken Over the Workforce

For the first time ever, Millennials make up the largest share of the American workforce, surpassing Generation X. That means that more than one-in-three American workers are between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2015. The news comes according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

The Millennials recently eclipsed the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946-1964) as those members of the workforce continue to retire. Now as more millennials join the workforce, their numbers are quickly rising.

It seems millennials will soon be running the world. Now, can they save it?

Less Than Half of Young Americans Say They Are “A Religious Person”

Less than half of today’s young Americans say they are “a religious person.” That’s according to the 2014 Gallup International End of Year Survey. For people under the age of 35, the idea of religion or at least the label seems to be less important now than for the older population.

Possible reasons? It could be that higher levels of internet exploration during formative years are leading young people to question the beliefs of their elders. It could also be that young people are leaving behind perceived negativity with the word “religious”, preferring to be labeled with words like “spiritual” instead.

Should Businesses Be Required to Serve Same-Sex Couples? Americans Weigh In.

Last month Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a religious freedom law allowing businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples on religious grounds. While supporters say the law protects religious liberty for everyone, critics were quick to point out that the law would easily allow businesses to discriminate, with many people recalling “separate but equal” laws that were used to disenfranchise blacks from everyday rights until the 1960s.

Serene Desolation: Hyper-Realistic Paintings of Small Town America

Sometimes the most simple of scenes can make the most poignant of paintings. Artistic interpretations of small town America have documented the journey of the country through the years, recording societal changes in the familiar landscape as it transitioned into the modern era. Artist Rod Penner continues this tradition by painting small towns in the great state of Texas. It’s part photojournalism, part photorealism.

Happy 4th of July! American Flags from 1767 to the Present

Happy 4th of July, America! To celebrate, we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating look at the history of the old Stars and Stripes through history—all the way back to before it was even the Stars and Stripes at all.

This patriotic print from Pop Chart Labs traces the flag through 48 versions, beginning with the star-less “Rebellious Stripes” of 1767 and finishing with the 50-star flag we’ve flown since 1960 (too bad for people who bought the 49-star version of 1959). You’ll definitely want to check out the zoomable view of this poster here.

America At Play, From the Air Above

With summer quickly approaching the northern hemisphere, and with the very best activities obviously outside under the hot sun, let’s get an overview of the situation. Alex S. MacLean, the much loved aerial photographer has been doing just that for the last decade or so. His ongoing series of photographs called Playing capture a top-down view of America’s outdoor playgrounds. From azure blue swimming pools dotted with splashing kids, to baseball diamonds maintaining “America’s favorite pastime.”

My First Rifle: Photos of Kids and Their Guns

For much of the western world, owning a gun is near unthinkable… let alone giving one to your young child. That’s part of what prompted Dutch photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn to jump on a plane for America, just one month after seeing the tragic story of a 5-year old boy in Kentucky who killed his 2-year old sister with a practice rifle (an event which was deemed an accident).