After some boundary adjustment and name updates, the 13 original colonies each eventually formed a state after America declared its independence from Great Britain. Since the original July 4th, how have the states developed? We ranked each original settlement by historic, economic, and population data to compare how the past 240 years have shaped their development.
How it was made:
Date under British control: Either through deeds, colonization, or other settlement.
Size: Total size from ipl2 measured in square miles. Includes water and land.
Population: Census population in 2010. Sourced from Wikipedia.
Health Ranking: From America's Health Rankings.
Cost of living: From CNBC, calculated from housing, food, and energy costs.
Best for business: According to CNBC, calculated from 60 metrics of competitiveness.
Population growth: Estimated growth in state population since 2010 Census numbers. Wikipedia.
Oldest building: Approximated date of the oldest standing building in the state. From Thrillist.
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