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Veteran’s Day: The Best and Worst US Cities For Vets (SURVEY)

Happy Veterans Day!

Today, we in America, celebrate the service that Vets gave to secure freedom with some paying the ultimate sacrifice. More needs to be done in this country and around the world to ensure that those who sacrifice themselves to serve in the armed forces and are fortunate enough to return home alive, are given the best care possible!

Fortunately,  71 percent of the Veteran’s Administraion’s medical centers recently demonstrated an increase in quality in the past year. Owing to this boost, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live as well as accompanying videos.

The report compares the 100 largest U.S. cities across 18 key metrics, ranging from share of military skill-related jobs to housing affordability to availability of VA health facilities.

Best Cities for Veterans Worst Cities for Veterans
1 Austin, TX 91 Philadelphia, PA
2 Scottsdale, AZ 92 Cleveland, OH
3 Colorado Springs, CO 93 Baton Rouge, LA
4 Raleigh, NC 94 San Bernardino, CA
5 Gilbert, AZ 95 Toledo, OH
6 Plano, TX 96 Baltimore, MD
7 Virginia Beach, VA 97 Fresno, CA
8 Irvine, CA 98 Memphis, TN
9 Tampa, FL 99 Newark, NJ
10 Orlando, FL 100 Detroit, MI



Best vs. Worst

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the highest veteran population, 130.43, which is 15.3 times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest at 8.51.

  • Chesapeake, Virginia, has the highest veteran income adjusted for cost of living, $56,568, which is 2.8 times higher than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at $20,462.

  • Stockton, California, has one of the lowest shares of veterans living below the poverty line, 1.91 percent, which is 11 times lower than in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the city with the highest at 21.05 percent.

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the lowest ratio of homeless veterans to the veteran population, 0.65, which is 49.1 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with highest at 31.89.

  • Plano, Texas, has the lowest veteran unemployment rate, 2.40 percent, which is 6.5 times lower than in Detroit, the city with highest at 15.60 percent.



To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-veterans/815

Study: These are the Best & Worst US States to Have a Baby 

Americans pay the highest birthing costs in the world. Considering the fact that more people are born in September than any other month of the year,  personal-finance website WalletHub  released a report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby as well as accompanying videos.



To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.

Best States to Have a Baby Worst States to Have a Baby
1 Vermont 42 Nevada
2 Massachusetts 43 New Mexico
3 Minnesota 44 Arkansas
4 New Hampshire 45 Georgia
5 North Dakota 46 West Virginia
6 Connecticut 47 Oklahoma
7 Colorado 48 Louisiana
8 Nebraska 49 South Carolina
9 District of Columbia 50 Alabama
10 California 51 Mississippi



Best vs. Worst

  • Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost for early child care, $3,114, which is 4.9 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at $15,137.
  • Alaska has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 5.90 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 11.46 percent.
  • Vermont has the most obstetricians and gynecologists (per 100,000 residents), 22, which is 11 times more than in Oklahoma, the fewest at two.
  • California has the highest parental-leave policy score, 155, while 12 states, such as Arizona, Michigan and South Carolina, tied for the lowest at 0.



To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: 

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-have-a-baby/6513/



Here are the Best Labor Day Deals and Sales

Labor Day is coming up, the holiday to celebrate the worker. However, in modern days, the day is looked at as another day off from work  or school and also for mattress sales! Really!

WalletHub’s Best Labor Day Deals & Sales report gives shoppers a roadmap to savings. Its Labor Day Fun Facts report helps to educate and entertain consumers with stats on all aspects of the holiday – from hotdogs and history to financials and 5Ks.

You can find highlights from each below:



Best Labor Day Deals & Sales

  • Treadmills are the best items to buy in September, relative to the rest of the year.
  • 2018’s 10 best Labor Day deals are:
1. Whirlpool Dishwasher – 43.40% off 6. Gourmet Griddle – 25.00% off
2. Inspiron 11 3000 Laptop – 35.00% off 7. NFL Jerseys – 33.33% off
3. Realspace Leather Chair – 35.72% off 8. Insignia 32″ Smart TV – 27.78% off
4. Moto Z2 Force – 44.44% off 9. Beautyrest Mattress – 64.03% off
5. Leather Tote, Peachy Pink – 40.00% off 10. Gemini Loudspeaker Pack – 40.00% off



Labor Day Fun Facts

  • 76% of Americans say legal immigrants are essential to the labor force.
  • 52% of Americans left a total of 705 million vacation days unused in 2017.
  • 818 hot dogs are eaten every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • $250+ Billion is the annual cost of worker injury and illness in the U.S.

Wow!

New Year’s Resolution: These are The Best and Worst US Cities For Keeping Them

Up to 92 percent of Americans are not likely to keep their New Year’s resolutions! Among common promises, to “get out of debt” and that too is most commonly broken.

This week, personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst Cities for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions as a follow-up on its Most Sinful Cities ranking.

To help Americans stick to their 2018 goals, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 52 key metrics. The data set ranges from adult obesity to income growth to employment outlook.

Let’s take a closer look at a Best vs. Worst:

Fremont, California, has the lowest share of obese adults, 14.7 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 45.1 percent.

Fremont, California, has the lowest share of delinquent debtors, 1.80 percent, which is seven times lower than in Tempe, Arizona, the city with the highest at 12.65 percent.



South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent, which is 5.2 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 10.9 percent.

Charleston, West Virginia, has the lowest prevalence of adult binge- and heavy drinking, 11.1 percent, which is 2.4 times lower than in Madison, Wisconsin, the city with the highest at 26.4 percent.

San Jose, California, has the lowest share of adult smokers, 8.4 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in St. Louis, the city with the highest at 26.3 percent.

El Paso, Texas, has the lowest average wedding cost (as a share of the median annual household income), 31.19 percent, which is 3.9 times lower than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the highest at 121.43 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-new-years-resolutions/28749/

Giving Tuesday: These are The Most Charitable States In America

Today is GivingTuesday!

Did you know that a third of all annual giving takes place during the month of December and the U.S. ranking No. 5 overall in the 2017 World Giving Index?

Personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Most Charitable States, along with its Charity Calculator to help donors decide whether to give time or money for maximum philanthropic impact.

To determine where the most generous Americans are inspiring others to be more selfless, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on 14 key indicators of charitable behavior. The data set ranges from volunteer rate to share of income donated to share of sheltered homeless.

Here are some Key Stats to consider:

Vermont has the most charities per capita, 27.14, which is 4.6 times more than in Nevada, the state with the fewest at 5.95.

Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 39.29 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest at 18.31 percent.

Utah has the most volunteer hours per capita, 75.6, which is 3.7 times more than in Kentucky, the state with the fewest at 20.7.

Utah has the highest share of aggregate income donated to charity, 3.17 percent, which is 4.2 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 0.75 percent.

Utah has the highest share of the population who claim to have donated time, 56 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in Kentucky, the state with the lowest at 30 percent.

Maryland has the highest share of taxpayers who donated money to charity, 38.48 percent, which is 3.1 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 12.26 percent.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit WalletHub Here!

The 20 Happiest States In America: Do You Live In One?

America ranks # 14 on this year’s World Happiness Report, down one spot since the previous edition.

With research showing that money up to a certain dollar amount can contribute to happiness, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Happiest States in America.

To determine where Americans have the highest satisfaction with life, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 28 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from emotional health to income level to sports participation rate.

Here are the states that ranked in the top 20:

Best vs. Worst

Hawaii has the lowest share of adult depression, 11.7 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in Oregon, which has the highest at 27.0 percent.

New York has the fewest suicides (per 100,000 residents), eight, which is 3.5 times fewer than in Wyoming, which has the most at 28.

North Dakota has the lowest long-term unemployment rate, 13.1 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in New Mexico, which has the highest at 44.9 percent.

Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 39.29 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Florida, where the rate is lowest, 18.31 percent.

Utah has the lowest separation and divorce rate, 16.22 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in the Nevada, which has the highest at 26.37 percent.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:

https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-states/6959/

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