How has your state performed over the years? How costly has higher education become? What is your state's home ownership rate? Has the teen birth rate improved or worsened? With a straightforward, easy-to-understand format, State Trends 2008 helps readers interpret changes taking place in some of the most important sectors of life and government in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Featuring an entirely new set of data, State Trends 2008 presents comprehensive, state-by-state statistics on federal tax collections, higher education financing, housing, juvenile crime, reproductive health, and scientific research and development.