Independence Day Facts And Figures (INFOGRAPHIC)

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This year marks the 242nd birthday of America.

The nation was established with the pen strokes of 56 founding fathers on the Declaration of Independence in 1776.


Over time, the day has turned into an excuse to watch fireworks, have cook outs and watch parades!

Today, Americans eat a ton of hotdogs: 150 million in total. We spend $1.6 billion on July Fourth beer and wine. And we travel, with a record 44 million of us planning to venture 50+ miles from home this year.

Wow! Here are some more amazing facts and figures put together by our Friends at WalletHub!

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Where to Raise Kids: Maryland Is Most Culturally Diverse; New England Least (REPORT)

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Even though the United States is growing increasingly culturally and racially diverse, some parts of the country are more multicultural than others.

When couples start to think about their future, and begin planning their family and determining where to raise their future children, some think about the diversity of the area because they want their children to be exposed to a variety of peoples.


To identify the most culturally diverse places in America, personal finance site WalletHub’s analysts compared 501 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics, including ethnoracial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity.

The results show that the state of Maryland has the most diverse cities in the entire nation. (Interestingly enough, Maryland also ranked number 5 in terms of best high performing school so there could be something to say about how that diversity actually enriches the education and learning process). Coming in second is the Bay area  with two cities; Oakland and San Jose among the top 10.

The New England area is home to the least culturally diverse cities with three Vermont and one New Hampshire cities in the bottom ten. West Virginia comes a close second with two cities ranking in the bottom. Those cities are over 90% white while Hialeah, Florida boasts a near 100% Hispanic, Spanish-speaking and foreign-born population in all categories.

Most Culturally Diverse Cities Least Culturally Diverse Cities
1 Jersey City, NJ
2 Germantown, MD
3 Gaithersburg, MD
4 Silver Spring, MD
5 Spring Valley, NV
6 New York, NY
7 Oakland, CA
8 San Jose, CA
9 Rockville, MD
10 Kent, WA

492 Miles City, MT
493 Laconia, NH
494 Bennington, VT
495 Barre, VT
496 Jamestown, ND
497 Rutland, VT
498 Hialeah, FL
499 Watertown, SD
500 Clarksburg, WV
501 Parkersburg, WV

Here are some other Key Stats to consider:
Oakland, Calif., has the highest racial and ethnic diversity, which is four times higher than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest.

Hialeah, Fla. has the highest concentration of Hispanics or Latinos, 95.64 percent.

Rutland, Vt. has the highest concentration of whites, at 95.45 percent.

Gary, Ind., has the highest concentration of blacks, at 81.41 percent.

Hialeah, Fla., has the highest concentration of Spanish speakers, 92.25 percent.

Waipahu, Hawaii, has the highest concentration of speakers of Asian and Pacific Islander languages, 49.18 percent.

Greenville, Miss., has the highest share of population born in their state of residence, 87.16 percent.

Hialeah, Fla., has the highest foreign-born population, 72.75 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-most-and-least-ethno-racial-and-linguistic-diversity/10264/

These are the Top 10 Best and Worst US States to Raise a Family

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After you decide to finally start your family, one of the things you also consider is where to raise said family. If you are lucky enough to be living and working in a progressive area with lots of resources, wide-open spaces, and programs for children, then you won’t even have to consider moving. But if you don’t and are curious, there are great areas and not so great areas.

Personal finance website, WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family.


In order to determine the best states in which to put down family roots, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 40 key indicators of family-friendliness.  The researcher’s data set ranges from “median family salary” to “housing affordability” to “unemployment rate.”

Here are the top Best and Worst:

Best States for Families Worst States for Families
1 North Dakota 42 Alabama
2 New Hampshire 43 West Virginia
3 Vermont 44 Georgia
4 Minnesota 45 Arizona
5 Nebraska 46 Alaska
6 Massachusetts 47 Nevada
7 New Jersey 48 Louisiana
8 Iowa 49 District of Columbia
9 Connecticut 50 Mississippi
10 South Dakota 51 New Mexico

Here is some breakdown of the best and worst areas.
Best vs. Worst

  • Wyoming has the highest median family annual income (adjusted for cost of living), $79,732, which is 1.7 times higher than in Hawaii, where it is lowest at $48,111.
  • Utah has the lowest divorce rate, 16.22 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 29.81 percent.
  • Wyoming has the lowest share of families receiving food stamps, 6.17 percent, which is 3.6 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 22.01 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of families living below poverty level, 5.6 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Mississippi, where it is highest at 17.6 percent.
  • Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs (adjusted for median family income), 6.16 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where they are highest at 17.41 percent.
  • California has the lowest infant-mortality rate, 4.30 percent, which is two times lower than in Alabama, where it is highest at 8.68 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest violent-crime rate per 1,000 residents, 1.18, which is 10.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 12.69.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-raiseafamily/31065/

Here Are the Top 20 Winter Vacation Destinations


It’s time to start thinking about winter and cold weather destinations.

Ski lovers, beach lovers and more have their pick of locales in the states to select from.

Personal-finance website WalletHub looked at 2016’s Best Winter Holiday Destinations to help winter travelers plan their getaways.


Its analysts compared 69 of the largest metro areas to find the best cold and warm winter holiday destinations, by analyzing each destination across 26 key metrics, ranging from “cost of the cheapest flight” to “number of attractions in each winter vacation spot.”

Here is how the results broke down:

Best vs. Worst

The average flight to a popular cold winter destination costs $326, lasts a little more than four hours and has 0.38 connections, whereas the average flight to a popular warm winter destination costs $455, lasts a little less than six hours and has 0.64 connections.

Among cold destinations, Albuquerque, N.M., has the lowest price for the cheapest three-star hotel room, $41, which is 2.9 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest, $119.

Among warm destinations, Killeen, Texas, has the lowest price for the cheapest three-star hotel room, $42, which is 5.3 times lower than in Honolulu, the city with the highest, $223.

 

Among cold destinations, New York has the most restaurants per capita, 10.76, which is 10.3 times more than in Bridgeport, Conn., the city with the fewest, 1.04.

Among warm destinations, Orlando, Fla., has the most restaurants per capita, 6.12, which is 23.6 times more than in Deltona, Fla., the city with the fewest, 0.26.

Check out the full report here

Back to School: These States have Most & Least School Bullying


With back-to-school season upon us and more than 160,000 children missing school every day in the U.S. out of fear of being bullied, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s States with the Biggest Bullying Problems.

To identify the states where bullying is most pervasive, WalletHub’s analysts compared 45 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics, ranging from “bullying-incident rate” to “truancy costs for schools” to “percentage of high school students bullied online.”

Here are the top and bottom states for pervasiveness of bullying.


Best vs. Worst
The District of Columbia has the lowest percentage of high school students who were bullied on school property, 12.08 percent, which is 2.2 times lower than in Nebraska, where the percentage is highest, 26.28 percent.

The District of Columbia has the lowest percentage of high school students who were bullied online, 7.86 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Idaho, where the percentage is highest, 21.08 percent.

Maine has the lowest percentage of high school students involved in a physical fight on school property, 4.85 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where the percentage is highest, 13.81 percent.
Kansas has the lowest percentage of high school students who missed school because they felt unsafe at school, 3.80 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in Louisiana, where the percentage is highest, 13.10 percent.

Vermont has the lowest percentage of high school students who attempted suicide, 5.88 percent, which is 2.2 times lower than in Louisiana, where the percentage is highest, 13.10 percent.

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To read the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit WalletHub here

Of Course Half of the ‘Least Stressful Cities to Live in’ are on the West Coast


Don’t worry. Be happy. With all that is going on in the nation and the world, I sometimes want to escape it all.

Some places are just stressful to live in altogether and Wallet Hub, the personal finance website, crunched some numbers in order to identify where Americans cope with stress better than others. WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest cities across 27 key metrics.  Their data set ranges from average work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

Here are the top 10 most and least stressed cities:


Most Stressed Cities Least Stressed Cities

1 Detroit, MI

2 Mobile, AL

3 Birmingham, AL

4 Memphis, TN

5 Cleveland, OH

6 Shreveport, LA

7 Columbus, GA

8 New Orleans, LA

9 Newark, NJ

10 Montgomery, AL

 

Least Stressed Cities

141 San Diego, CA

142 Sioux Falls, SD

143 Overland Park, KS

144 Plano, TX

145 San Francisco, CA

146 San Jose, CA

147 Madison, WI

148 Honolulu, HI

149 Irvine, CA

150 Fremont, CA

Best vs. Worst

  • Greensboro, N.C., has the lowest commuter stress index, 1.11, which is nearly 1.5 times lower than in Los Angeles, the city with the highest, 1.62.
  • Lincoln, Neb., has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.5 percent, which is about five times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest, 12.4 percent.
  • Overland Park, Kan., has the lowest poverty rate, 6.0 percent, which is nearly seven times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest, 39.8 percent.
  • Fremont, Calif., has the lowest divorce rate, 12.24 percent, which is about three times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest, 41.29 percent.
  • Seattle has the lowest percentage of single parents, 9.54 percent, which is about four times lower than in Newark, N.J., the city with the highest, 37.79 percent.
  • Minneapolis has the lowest percentage of adults in fair or poor health, 10.77 percent, which is about two times lower than in Mobile, Ala., the city with the highest, 25.71 percent.
  • Irvine, Calif., has the lowest number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 0.49, which is more than 40 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest, 19.89.
  • Fresno, Calif., has the most psychologists per 100,000 residents, 80.1, which is about 22 times more than in Baton Rouge, La., the city with the fewest, 3.7.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit Wallet Hub here!

 

Independence Day: This Study Identified the Top 20 ‘Most Patriotic’ States

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With the Fourth of July just days away, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its list of 2016’s Most Patriotic States as a follow-up to its recent look at the Best & Worst Fourth of July Destinations.

To identify the country’s patriotic hotspots, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 12 key metrics such as military engagement, voting habits and civic education.

Top 20 Most Patriotic States
1 Virginia 11 North Carolina
2 Alaska 12 Vermont
3 South Carolina 13 Idaho
4 Colorado 14 Wyoming
5 Georgia 15 Maine
6 Hawaii 16 Mississippi
7 Montana 17 New Mexico
8 Alabama 18 Wisconsin
9 Washington 19 Missouri
10 New Hampshire 20 South Dakota

Key Stats

  • Red states are more patriotic, with an average ranking of 22.5, compared with 28.3 for blue states (1 = Best).
  • Alaska has the highest number of veterans per 1,000 residents, 100.8, which is two times higher than in New York, the state with the lowest, 45.5.
  • Georgia has the highest percentage of residents who enlisted in the military (non-prior service), 0.063%, which is three times higher than in North Dakota, the state with the lowest, 0.022%.
  • Minnesota has the highest percentage of residents who voted in the 2012 presidential election, 74.37%, which is two times higher than in Arizona, the state with the lowest, 37.98%.
  • Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 45.2%, which is three times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest, 18.2%.
  • Vermont has the highest number of Americorps volunteers per 100,000 residents, 58.91, which is eight times higher than in Virginia, the state with the lowest, 7.42.

For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-patriotic-states/13680/

Dads Who Work: Do you Live in the Top 10 Best or Worst State for Working Fathers?

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With Father’s Day approaching and nearly 93 percent of dads with kids younger than 18 in the labor force, the leading personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of the Best & Worst States for Working Dads.


In order to help dads balance their dual role as parent and provider, WalletHub analyzed the work-life balance, health conditions, financial well-being and child-rearing environments for working dads in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.Wallet Hub did so using 20 key metrics, which range from day care quality to male life expectancy.

Best States for Working Dads Worst States for Working Dads
1 Minnesota 42 New Mexico
2 Connecticut 43 Georgia
3 Vermont 44 Alabama
4 Massachusetts 45 Idaho
5 New Jersey 46 South Carolina
6 Wisconsin 47 Louisiana
7 Iowa 48 Mississippi
8 Kansas 49 West Virginia
9 Virginia 50 Alaska
10 North Dakota 51 Nevada

Comparing The Best & Worst

  • Virginia has the highest median income for families – dad present – with kids younger than 18, at $100,738 – which is two times higher than the state with the lowest, Hawaii, at $51,160.
  • Nevada has the highest unemployment rate for dads with kids younger than 18, 7.95%, which is seven times higher than in North Dakota, the state with the lowest rate: 1.20%.
  • New Mexico has the highest percentage of kids younger than 18 with dad present living in poverty, 21.28%, which is four times higher than in New Hampshire, the state with the lowest, 5.36%.
  • Texas has the highest male uninsured rate, 22.9%, which is five times higher than in Massachusetts, the state with the lowest, 4.9%.
  • Alabama has the highest heart disease mortality rate among males, 267.8, which is two times higher than in Minnesota, the state with the lowest, 147.
  • Florida has the highest child care costs adjusted for median family income, 13.32%, which is two times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest, 5.82%.

For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/edu/bestand-worst-states-for-workingdads/134

Woo hoo! There’s a Bunch of New Summer Job Opps, And Here are Top US Summer Job Cities

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Do you have a young person in your home or community who needs a Summer Job? You’re in luck!

Last month, the Obama administration announced $21 million in grants to 11 communities in its Summer Jobs and Beyond campaign with the purpose to connect disadvantaged young people with jobs this summer and year-round. It stems from the White House’s  Summer Opportunity Project “to increase the number of young Americans participating in evidence-based summer opportunity programs, decrease the percentage of youth experiencing violence over the summer, and—more broadly—make sure that young Americans have the support they need to get their first job,” as a press release about the initiative states.

In addition, there is a new inter-agency project called Summer Impact Hubs which pairs local and state projects and leaders in one of 16 communities with a Federal “Summer Ambassador” who will spend the spring and summer partnering with them to meet their locally-driven goals by leveraging Federal resources, breaking down agency siloes, and building new local, regional, and national partnerships.

Sign up and get info HERE!!!

If you do not live in one of those hubs, there are other cities nationwide that are great for opportunities for summer jobs. WalletHub analyzed 150 job markets for part time and summer opportunities. The top 20 cities are:
1. Washington, DC.

  1. Scottsdale, AZ

  2. San Francisco, CA


  3. Orlando, FL

  4. Reno, NV

  5. Cincinnati, OH

  6.  Fort Lauderdale, FL

  7. St. Louis, MO

  8. Boise ID

  9. Pittsburgh, PA

  10. Irvine, CA

12. Denver, CO

13. Minneapolis, MN

14.  Grand Rapids, MI

  1.    Salt Lake City, UT

  2.   Atlanta, GA

  3. Plano, TX

  4. Seattle, WA

  5. Miami, FL

  6. Little Rock, AK

Not surprisingly, most are in the more populated cities nationwide. Here are how the Best cities compared with the worst.

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  • Sioux Falls, S.D, has the highest labor-force participation rate of the population aged 16 to 24, 74.28 percent, which is nearly two times higher than in Irvine, Calif., the city with the lowest, 40.03 percent.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D., has the lowest unemployment rate of the population aged 16 to 24, 8.9 percent, which is nearly five times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest, 44.1 percent.
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., has the highest median income of part-time workers (adjusted for cost of living), $23,162, which is more than 3.5 times higher than in New York, the city with the lowest, $6,540.
  • Miami has the most part-time job openings per 1,000 civilian employed residents aged 16 to 24, 110.93, which is more than 13.6 times the number in Moreno Valley, Calif., the city with the fewest, 8.13.
  • Miami has the most internship listings per 1,000 civilian employed residents aged 16 to 24, 21.65, which is nearly 197 times the number in Mesa, Ariz., the city with the fewest, 0.11.
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has the lowest percentage of the population aged 16 to 24 living under the poverty line, 8.5 percent, which is nearly six times lower than in Tallahassee, Fla., the city with the highest, 50.76 percent.
  • Springfield, Mo., has the lowest monthly median rent price for a one-bedroom property, $522, which is four times higher than in San Francisco, the city with the highest, $1,814.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-for-summer-jobs/21137/

Here Are The Top 20 Summer Vacation Destinations


This summer, travelers are expected to spend close to $83 billion through online booking sites. 

This represents an increase of 5.5 percent since 2015, according to a recent release of the personal-finance website WalletHub’s 2016  Best Summer Travel Destinations report. 

The list supplements its recent Currency Exchange and Best Travel Credit Card studies.


Here are the top 20 destinations:

  1. Las Vegas, NV

2 Salt Lake City, UT

3 Orlando, FL

4 Los Angeles, CA

5 Atlanta, GA

6 Dallas, TX

7 Greenville, SC

8 Charleston, SC

9 Houston, TX

10 Sacramento, CA

11 Tulsa, OK

12 St. Louis, MO

13 Chicago, IL

14 Albuquerque, NM

15 Oklahoma City, OK

16 Columbia, SC

17 Austin, TX

18 Cincinnati, OH

19 Phoenix, AZ

20 New York, NY

Comparing the Best and Worst

The average flight to a popular summer destination costs $304, lasts four hours and 28 minutes, and has 0.5 connections.

The Las Vegas metro area is the most attractive destination on the West Coast and the New York metro area on the East Coast.

California, South Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma are home to the top summer destinations in the U.S., each with at least two metro areas in the top 15. Oppositely, Connecticut and New York are each home to the largest numbers of the most unpopular summer destinations.

The Charleston, S.C., metro area has the lowest cost of a three-star hotel, $31, which is nearly six times less expensive than in Cleveland, the metro area with the highest, $184.

The Salt Lake City metro area has the most diversity of attractions, which is two times more than in Akron, Ohio, the metro area with the lowest.
For the full repor, read here!