America’s 25 Most Undervalued Cities

A skyline view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A skyline view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Trying to figure out if you can make enough money to buy a home is no small undertaking. It's a stress that has no doubt contributed to Millennials' perhaps-forced fondness for renting over buying. But would you be surprised to find out that some of America’s best-known cities are actually undervalued?

As Thrillist reports, financial technology company SmartAsset studied 189 of the largest American cities and compiled data on crime stats, high school graduation rates, numbers of extreme temperature and precipitation days, unemployment rates, walkability, and more, to devise their own property value estimates per square foot. They then compared those estimates against real estate website Zillow’s, and created a list of cities where they found the largest discrepancies between the two.

Eight of the top 10 cities from last year’s list remain in the top 10, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania took the number one spot for the second year in a row.

Chicago came in at number seven, mostly due to high scores in walkability, high school graduation rates, and the number of dining and entertainment establishments.

Map of America's top ten most undervalued cities and list

Check out the full list of 25 cities below to find out where you can move for a good time and a long time:

  1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  1. Newark, New Jersey
  1. New Haven, Connecticut
  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  1. Baltimore, Maryland
  1. Providence, Rhode Island
  1. Chicago, Illinois
  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  1. St. Louis, Missouri
  1. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  1. Hartford, Connecticut
  1. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  1. Amarillo, Texas
  1. Torrance, California
  1. Syracuse, New York
  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  1. Overland Park, Kansas
  1. Plano, Texas
  1. Athens, Georgia
  1. El Paso, Texas
  1. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  1. Midland, Texas
  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  1. Norfolk, Virginia
  1. Chula Vista, California

[h/t Thrillist]

Scotland Could Become the First Country to Provide Universal Period Products to Citizens

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emapoket, iStock via Getty Images

Fears over where to find—and how to afford—sanitary products before their next menstrual cycle may no longer be an issue for people in Scotland. Earlier today, as the BBC reports, Members of Scottish Parliament passed the first part of a bill that would make items like pads and tampons free to the public.

The Period Products Bill was first put forth in 2017 to address period poverty, which affects people who are unable to afford essential menstrual hygiene products. Pads, tampons, and some reusable menstrual items are currently available to students in primary schools and universities in the country. The Scottish government has also expanded the program to include additional public places and sports clubs, but this new bill goes even further. If passed, Scotland would become the first country to provide free period products to citizens on a universal scale.

Ministers in the Scottish Parliament were initially concerned about the bill's £24 million ($31 million) annual price tag, but earlier this month, members of all parties in the government came out in support of the legislation. Though the bill passed through the first stage of parliament today, February 25, the BBC wrote that "The government is expected to put forward a raft of amendments to address their 'significant' concerns about the legislation," including the aforementioned cost.

Period poverty is an issue that's felt around the world. In America, many lawmakers are fighting to end the "tampon tax": a sales tax that's added to sanitary products and waived from other hygiene products deemed essential in many states, like dandruff shampoo.

[h/t BBC]

10 Simple Tricks for Charging Your Smartphone Faster

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Makidotvn, iStock via Getty Images

Smartphones always seem to reach low power at the least convenient moments possible. If you've ever urged your device to charge faster in the minutes before a phone interview or when you're about to board a plane, you can relate. While the easiest way to avoid this scenario is to plug in your device before the battery dips into the danger zone, if you've already reached this point, there are simple ways to speed up the charging process.

Some hacks for charging a phone faster involve steps you can take in anticipation of the next time you're surviving on minimum energy. Certain gadgets, like special chargers and battery packs, will power-up your device more efficiently than others. For moments when your phone is dying and all you have is your regular charging cable, adjusting your phone's settings to minimize the power it consumes also works in a pinch.

You can find some specific ways to charge your phone quickly below: 

  1. Plug it into a wall outlet instead of a USB port.
  1. Use a portable battery pack.
  1. Buy a special "fast" phone charger.
  1. Switch to low power mode.
  1. Switch to airplane mode.
  1. Let your phone drain completely on its own once a month to the extend the battery life.
  1. Close any background apps.
  1. Stop automatic app updates.
  1. Don't check your phone while it's charging
  1. Keep your phone out of the heat.

For more tricks for making your phone usage more efficient, check out these tips for typing faster.