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Nevada and Utah Compared

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November 11 2017

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Thanks to Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video! Want a specific history topic covered? Your idea gets picked when you donate on Patreon: Mr. Beat's band: Mr. Beat on Twitter: Mr. Beat compares and contrasts Utah and Nevada. Sources:,%E2%80%9D&source=bl&ots=VdsVkRkOP4&sig=jZA9SYhUe99dVQ0JNyj8SNok9Sg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi2kprV57TXAhVC6iYKHcEKADYQ6AEIMTAC#v=onepage&q=fuchs%20%E2%80%9CA%20Tale%20of%20Two%20States%2C%E2%80%9D&f=false Nevada and Utah Both are states in these United States, and other than the obvious similarities such as the fact that the official language in both states is English, here are a few other similarities Both are right next to each other Both have about the same population, the same amount of electoral votes, and are growing very quickly, at similar rates In both states, the population density remains low Both have similar climates Both are mostly made up of desert, although Nevada is definitely is drier Residents of Nevada and Utah have similar incomes and similar cost of living Both are not dramatically different in size, and both have lots and lots of public land. Both states have more public land than all other states. But... other than that, it doesn’t seem like there is much in common between the bordering states, which is a bit surprising. First of all, Utah is younger. There are more kids there. In fact, a higher percentage of babies are born in Utah each year compared to all other states, not just Nevada. It also has the largest family sizes in the country. 47% of Nevada residents are married, compared to 57% of Utah residents. Utah is more Caucasian. It has few minorities. Nevada, on the other hand, is much more diverse. Nevada’s Hispanic population is quickly approaching 30 percent of the state. Utah is more educated. Whatever that means, right? Well, for the purposes of this video, that means they have a higher percentage of people who graduated from college and high school. 41% have a college education in Utah, compared to 32% in Nevada. Related to this, Nevada has a much higher poverty rate, which is around 21 percent. Utah’s is just 11 percent. Utah’s unemployment rate has been significantly lower than Nevada’s since 2003. Utah appears to have a much better health care system than Nevada. According to US News, Utah ranks #15 out of the 50 states for health care while Nevada ranks #37. By most standards, Utah residents are much healthier than Nevada residents. Nevada has the worst ranking in the United States for immunizations and mothers receiving poor prenatal care. Its suicide rate is the second highest in the country. Meanwhile, Utah has the lowest infant mortality rate in the country, the lowest cancer death rate in the country, and the lowest percentage of adults who smoke in the country. During the Cold War, the United States conducted 928 nuclear tests in Nevada, and 0 in Utah. However, Utah had plenty of “downwinders,” or people exposed to the nuclear fallout from these tests. Politically speaking, Nevada residents generally lean to the left and Utah residents generally lean to the right. Nevada has voted for the Democratic candidate the last three presidential elections, while Utah has voted for the Republican candidate the last 13. If you dig deeper, you’ll find Nevada is extremely more libertarian compared to Utah. More on that in a bit. Both states have very different histories. Utah was founded by Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religion founded in the United States in 1830 by Joseph Smith. The Mormons had fled west to escape persecution back east. Today, Mormon influence is evident no matter where you go in Utah. The church has a huge influence on the state’s culture and traditions. This explains much of the strong family ties in the state, the outlawing of alcohol and tobacco, and the fairly boring nightlife. Nevada, on the other hand, has the most exciting nightlife in the country. Las Vegas truly is the city that never sleeps.

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