Created for the 2012 Civic Data Challenge:


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Rabkin, N., & Hedberg, E. C. (2011, February). Arts education in America: What the declines mean for arts participation. Retrieved from National Endowment for the Arts website:

Schmithorst, V. J., & Holland, S. K. (2004). The effect of musical training on the neural correlates of math processing: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study in humans. Neuroscience Letters 354, 193–196. doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2003.10.037. Retrieved from

Note: Weighting by population size was not employed when calculating average scores for healthy and unhealthy state groupings. Percent difference calculations between healthy and unhealthy state groups do not account for population differences by state.

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