05/12/2013Average spending per family in 2013 on the annual high school ritual of prom, according to a survey released by Visa Inc.: $1,139
Percentage of prom costs that parents are planning to pay: 59
During the first two years of the nation's economic recovery, estimated percentage rise in the mean net worth of households in the upper 7 percent of the wealth distribution, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released U.S. Census Bureau data: 28
Estimated percentage drop in the mean net worth of households in the lower 93 percent of the wealth distribution: 4
Source: Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.
When asked which tidbit of personal information they would rather divulge to a co-worker -- waist size or wallet size -- percentage of Americans who said they would rather share their real weight, according to a Country Financial Security Index survey: 63
Percentage of men who have lied about their income, compared to 18 percent of women: 22
Percentage of respondents who admit they have been scared to check their bank statement: 33
Source: Country Financial.
Percentage of consumers who believe that saving money in their everyday lives is important, according to the results of a survey conducted on behalf of RetailMeNot: 93
Percentage of respondents who are saving about the same or more money per month than they were five years ago: 61
Percentage of Americans who truly consider themselves "middle class," placing themselves on the middle rung of a five-tier economic class system which includes upper class, upper middle, middle class, lower middle and lower class, according to poll results released by The Allstate Insurance Co. and National Journal: 46
Estimated median income for a typical middle-class family of four: $68,274
Percentage of Americans who say they're concerned about falling out of their economic class over the next few years: 59
Source: Allstate Insurance Co.
Ranks of fire pits and fireplaces, grills, seating and dining areas, and lighting on the list of the expected popularity of various residential outdoor design elements in 2013, according to a survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects: 1, 2, 3, 4
Source: American Society of Landscape Architects.
Average base salary of executive assistants, up 5.6 percent from 2011, according to the Compdata Surveys 2012 BenchmarkPro survey results: $54,500
Percentage increase in office managers' salaries from $44,800 in 2011 to $47,000 in 2012: 4.9
Percentage increase in secretaries' salaries in 2012, to $32,400: 3.8
Source: Compdata Surveys.
Year that the Xerox Corp., then a major developer, introduced the mouse to the commercial computing world, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1981
Cost of the mouse at that time and perhaps the reason it didn't catch on: $20,000
Today, number domestic computer manufacturers in the country: 425
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Revenue for the year 2011 in the small arms manufacturing industry, according to the Research and Markets report: $3.6 billion
By adding import value to and subtracting export value from the industry's shipment value, total domestic demand for the industry in 2011: $1.9 billion
Source: Research and Markets.
Percentage of this year's U.S. vacationers who plan to take as many short trips as possible, compared to only 22 percent eyeing a more traditional, one-week or longer summer escape, according to a consumer survey by Destination Hotels & Resorts: 76
Percentage of survey participants who indicated that one of the most important elements in their final travel booking decision was value, beating out cost/budget as the prime consideration: 75
Source: Destination Hotels & Resorts.
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