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It’s no secret that children are expensive. Whether you’re a two parent household, or a single provider, making sure that each child gets what they need is a definite drain on any parent’s wallet.

In the US, the average cost to raise a child ranges from a little over $12K to almost $15K each year. That’s a lot of resources for someone not quite tall enough to reach the kitchen sink. Housing accounts for about 30 percent of those costs, but unless you planned on living out in the open wild, you would incur that expense anyway.

You’ll always have to pay for the roof over your head, child or not, but feeding someone else is a choice you want to make wisely. Food costs are the second highest expense when there’s a child in the home, and that’s an additional 16% per head.

In rural America, the overall cost to raise a child is a lot cheaper. Perhaps it’s due to a simpler lifestyle, or the fact that many families in rural areas grow and raise their own food. So where is the most expensive place to start a family? The urban northeast, of course. Can’t quite map it; just think New York. If you’re going rear your child in or near the Big Apple, it will cost you a whopping $18K per year.

Still want to take the leap into parenthood? Then let’s take a closer look at the cost of raising a kid in the United States.

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How much does it cost to raise a child

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History of Abortion Rights In The U.S. [Timeline]

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June 8, 2016
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Abortion is a major issue in the US. Where you stand on the topic could be the deciding factor in how you choose your friends, which businesses you support, and how you elect candidates to government. For decades, this controversial issue has been the focus of both politicians and activists alike.

Since as early as 1856, several states have been involved in the approval or banning of abortions for mothers in the first trimester, but it wasn’t until 1890 that the American Medical Association (AMA) got involved in the matter. This enabled women to seek legal abortions when birth would endanger their lives.

Fast forward to 1967, and abortion is a felony in 49 states. Pro life supporters seemed to have this issue locked down all over the US, but three decades later in 1998,, the landscape in America proved to be quite different. The population was nearly split on the anti abortion issue, with 45% being pro life, and 48% being pro choice.

Today, there are still more pro choice supporters than pro life supporters. The tide has indeed changed since the early 1800’s. Let’s take a closer look at the history of abortion in the United States, and see how the country has changed its laws and views over the decades.

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History of Abortion Rights in The US

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When you reach for a fresh cup of joe in the morning, do you ever stop and think about what it took to get that coffee into your hands? Or how many other people are reaching for their first morning jolt at the same time as you?

With all the “hoopla” about coffee in the US, you would think that we’re the biggest consumers of coffee in the world. But it turns out that our Dutch friends drink more than anyone else on the planet. And you know what else? Most of the world’s coffee is produced in Brazil. That’s a long way from plant to cup.

When it comes to the biggest coffee consumers here in the US, the 18 to 35 year olds have cornered the market. This is partly due to the rise of coffee shops on virtually every corner. Interestingly enough though, the overall consumption of coffee in the United States is down. Back in 1946, we drank on average 2 cups per day. Now the daily average is just under one cup, and it’s not good quality either. Americans would much rather have a convenient cup of coffee than a quality cup made from fresh whole beans.

So what does all this say about Americans and coffee? In a nutshell, the thrill is gone (unless you’re age 18-35).

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There’s no denying that Kobe Bryant is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court, and undoubtedly one of the most talented players to ever grace the NBA. With this being the last season we have to watch the master at work, it’s only fitting that we look at the enormous impact he’s had on the game.

 

Back when Bryant was first drafted at age 18, he was the youngest player in the NBA. He started mainly as a bench player, but quickly proved that he was more than average. By age 19, he was the youngest player to start an All Star Game, and went on to win 4 All Star MVP awards. Over the course of his 20 year career, Kobe has racked up a slew of awards and became an NBA superstar, with fans and admirers across the globe.

 

From humble beginnings to becoming one of the most recognized faces in the NBA, here’s our rendition of the Kobe Bryant “look back”.

 

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5 Reasons Whiteboard Animations Are So Effective

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December 3, 2015
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Whiteboard animations are effective

Whiteboard animations are effective

Whiteboard animations are popular tools for marketing. Businesses that employ them attract a much larger audience than those who have not embraced any form of video marketing. People have a fondness for animations, and these productions yield a high engagement rate. Here are a few reasons why whiteboard animation videos attract so many viewers.

It Gets to The Point

Whiteboard animations tend to be short and sweet. They are laser focused, meaning that they target a specific audience for a specific purpose. Viewers appreciate a production that gets to the point quickly, and entertains them in the process. Most whiteboard animations are no longer than 3-5 minutes. This is the average time a viewer is willing to pay attention and engage with a video.

They Are Fun to Watch

Some whiteboard animations are quite hilarious. People connect with businesses they feel they can relate to, and there are few better ways to break the ice and be memorable than making someone smile and laugh. The more laughs, the better, as long as your original message remains clear and concise.

People Love Animated Characters

There’s something about animated characters that resonates with viewers. They’re easy to relate to, and you can use them to present stories and situations that may be awkward for humans to carry out. With the right script, these characters can evoke emotion, and create a positive experience centered around your brand.

Allows You to Tell a Story

In addition to entertaining your audience with humor, you can use these videos to tell a story. Most people love a good story, and this is the opportunity to explain how your company got started, how you developed a product, or what drives you as an owner. What makes storytelling so engaging is that people can often see themselves in the same situations, and this helps them connect with a brand.

They Are Easily Shared

Videos are the most shared content on social media. They’re easy to link to, and often require less time to watch than it would to read an article. They can be posted on a website, or on a video sharing platform like YouTube or vimeo.

Using whiteboard animations to further your reach with marketing is not only smart, but absolutely necessary if you want to attract the right customers. It’s a tool to be reckoned with, and with the demand in video marketing, it will only increase in popularity and necessity in the coming years.

The World of Paranormal Activity In Under 2 Minutes

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October 29, 2015
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Paranormal Activity in under 2 minutes

Paranormal Activity in under 2 minutes

 

We love the “Paranormal Activity” series of films here at Infographic World. So we were super-excited when we were able to partner with Paramount Pictures, who wanted an animated recap of the film series ahead of the release of the final installment, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.” Not only did we get to dive head-first into the previous movies, but we were lucky enough to see an early screening of the new movie (all thumbs up!). From its beginnings in 2009, where we saw Katie and Micah experience some truly freaky stuff to “Paranormal Activity 4,” where we found out what happened to baby Hunter (or is that Wyatt?), these movies have made millions of dollars and inspired millions more nightmares featuring Toby the demon.

 

Get caught up with the major events in the series and get an idea for what you can expect in the final installment of the series.

 

Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America

Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America

 

We are honored to be recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index, a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, Infographic World is recognized as a company that exemplifies growth, not just in top and bottom line, but in sustainability and ability to achieve lasting success.

 

Through in-depth surveys, the team of editors and researchers behind the E360 Performance Index collected more than 250 pieces of data from hundreds of participating U.S. based companies, focusing on growth drivers and challenges, goal setting, resource allocations, and reward systems. The analysis uncovered a subset of companies including Infographic World, whose continued success is largely based on superior value creation for their customers, building an adaptive learning culture, and aggressive geographic expansion—making them the most dynamic firms in America today.

 

Click here to learn more about what sets apart the best entrepreneurial companies in America.

 

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The 2015 New York Mets: An Unlikely Regular Season

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October 13, 2015
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Our company president, Justin Beegel, is a huge New York Mets fan, so when we heard we’d have the chance to produce some infographics for Metsblog, well, needless to say we were excited. For the first one, we took a look back at the 2015 regular season, which had a shaky start but saw the Mets bounce back to win their division and make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. What went so wrong at the start, when and how did they turn it around and how did they end the regular season?

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Americans love their pets and aren’t shy about spending money on them, to the tune of more than $60 billion spent in 2011 (and that number’s only rising). With Halloween coming up, for many pet owners, this is the best time of year, as they can deck their dogs out in adorable costumes and get slashed up trying to dress up their cats. This infographic looks at how much Americans spend on their pets when it comes to dressing them up. Be sure to check out the tips for finding the best costume depending on the species and breed of your pet.

 

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Presidential Candidates Vs. The Zombie Apocalypse

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September 29, 2015
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While the 2016 presidential election is still more than a year away, Halloween is right around the corner. And even though the election may already seem like a horror story, depending on your political leanings, this non-partisan infographic takes it a step further. How would some of the most prominent candidates (and non-candidates) last in a zombie apocalypse, how would they fight off brain-eating zombies and who would survive until help arrives? We make no promises about these predictions and whether they’ll be reflected in the outcome of the actual election. To find that out, you have no choice but to wait until November 2016, so maybe build a bunker, stock it with snacks and wait this thing out.

 

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Presidential Candidates Vs. Political Zombies

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