By: - December 23, 2013 12:00 am

To mark the end of the year, Stateline this week is republishing some of the most popular interactive features from 2013. From the impact of food stamp cuts to the shrinking number of school districts nationwide, these features resonated with readers and helped us illuminate state politics and policy in a creative way. We hope you enjoy these encore presentations.

Food Stamps

About 47 million Americans get food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. See how SNAP cuts played out in your state.


How do you get to work each day and how long does it take? Take a look at commuting times—and methods—by state.  

Special Districts

Nationwide, the number of special districts has grown at a steady clip for more than 70 years. Explore special districts in your state.

Teen Drivers

Since the start of the recession, more teens have been waiting to get their first driver’s license. Take a look at the numbers in your state.

School Districts

The number of independent school districts has been shrinking steadily for decades, beginning with the move away from one-room schoolhouses around the time of World War II. How has the trend played out in your state?


The federal poverty rate measures pre-tax income.  It doesn’t consider government benefits such as food stamps, nor does it factor in the costs of housing, taxes and child care. Explore how these factors affect the poverty rate in your state.


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