Gale State Rankings Reporter

 
9780810391901: Gale State Rankings Reporter
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This massive work provides 5,200 rankings, arranged in more than 3,000 tables, for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Among the areas covered are the physical characteristics of each state, as well as various aspects of culture and education, economics, government, jobs and income, leisure, and social structure.

The majority of the information for the rankings, based on data primarily from the late 1980s, is drawn from federal government sources. Where available, information is also taken from associations, state agencies, and various reports and periodicals. The format of the tables is simple. Each table presents the raw numbers for the states as well as the rankings. Sometimes a total is given for the U.S. as well. Source information and any footnote information complete the table. States are listed alphabetically, not by rank, which enables users to easily find a particular state, but those needing states in rank order will have to rearrange the tables themselves.

The table of contents gives a complete listing of the tables. Two indexes are supplied, a location index and a keyword index. In the first, the states are presented alphabetically, and under each is listed the tables in which it appears. Not all tables include all 50 states; those on rice production, for example, rank only the five rice-producing states.

Whether one is looking for information on the number of trees planted in each state, the number of shoe retailers, or the number of motion picture drive-in theaters still in existence, it will be found in this book. It will be useful to librarians, educators, professional analysts, students, and anyone interested in finding out how a state ranks on a particular issue. Morgan Quitno's State Rankings: A Statistical View of the 50 States [RBB Je 15 90] consists of only 274 tables taken from government publications.

From Library Journal:

An authoritative compilation of statistical rankings for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, this extensive work, similar in content to State Rankings 1993 and Victoria Van Son's CQ State Fact Finder (both LJ 1/94), draws on equivalent data from 135 reliable sources, including federal and state governments, associations, periodicals, and reports from the late 1980s and early 1990s. More comprehensive in scope and broader and more inclusive in coverage than its competitors, it is arranged in 35 chapters within six parts, then topically within chapters, and finally alphabetically by state within each table beneath topics. It features more than 3000 tables, about 2200 of which contain per capita or percentage figures to facilitate comparative analysis and more than 5200 state rankings on a diverse range of physical, cultural, social, economic, and demographic subjects from weather to employment, housing to transportation, and education to the environment. Written for business analysts, students, educators, professionals, and newswriters as well as general readers, the Reporter provides an even balance of content among social issues, business, infrastructure, physical characteristics, and government and politics. In addition, it furnishes statistics for ethnic and racial groups as well as total population data and complete citations below each table. A treasury of information; highly recommended for all libraries.
Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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