Of the people who took leisure trips this year, percentage who revealed they often struggle with feelings of melancholy following their return from vacation, according to a survey by TripAdvisor: 34
Percentage who said they always do: 20
Percentage of vacationers who say their "stress-o-meter" readings return to pre-vacation highs soon after returning home: 84
Percentage of Americans who incorporated exercise into their daily commute this summer through activities like walking, running or biking to the workplace, according to an Adecco survey: 36
Percentage who said they have taken walks on their lunch break: 57
Percentage of Americans who indicated they go to the gym before or after work during the summer months: 49
Of the people in America 18 and older in 2010, percentage who were unmarried, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 43.6
Number of people this represents: 99.6 million
Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older who had never been married: 61
Percentage who were divorced: 23.8
Percentage who were widowed: 14.4
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of small businesses that consider data to be their organization's most valuable asset, according to research from Carbonite Inc.: 81
Rank of the permanent loss of data on the list of challenges to maintaining their business in the event of a natural disaster -- even more devastating than the loss of the physical location or of products and materials: 1
Percentage of small businesses that never re-open after a data disaster, according to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency): 40 to 60
Source: Carbonite Inc.
Percentage of parents with children 14 to 18 years old who are talking to them about college funding, according to the fifth-annual College Savings Foundation survey of parents: 88
Percentage who are talking about their involvement in paying for it: 57
Percentage of parents who expect their children to help with financing: 62
Percentage who expect them to assume between one-third and two-thirds: 42
Source: College Savings Foundation.
Percentage of middle-income baby boomers who do not have a 401(k), IRA, pension or any other type of retirement account, according to a study of boomer finances released by the Bankers Life and Casualty Co.'s Center for a Secure Retirement: 14
Percentage of respondents who own a home who have already paid off their mortgage: 32
Percentage who do not expect to have it paid off before they retire: 48
Source: Bankers Life and Casualty Co.
Percentage more likely that a child (up to age 12) born to cohabiting parents will experience a parental breakup vs. a child born to married parents: 170
Number of times more likely children are to be physically, sexually or emotionally abused in cohabiting households compared to children in intact, biological married parent homes: 3
Source: Center for Marriage and Families.
Percentage of Americans who approve of marriages between blacks and whites, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll: 86
Percentage of blacks who approve these marriages: 96
Percentage of whites who approve: 84
When Gallup first asked about black-white marriages in 1958, percentage who approved: 4
Percentage of parents of teenage drivers who said if online information about the basics of car repair were available to their teen, they would encourage him/her to use it, according to an AutoMD.com survey: 97
Percentage of parents who rated their teen's basic knowledge of car maintenance as either "somewhat or completely clueless" or "average": 65
Percentage of IT executives who say their own CIO is viewed as a steward who protects current assets and works with available resources, according to a Deloitte survey of IT executives in the U.S., conducted by Deloitte Consulting LLP: 45
Percentage who say their CIO is a strategist: 45
Percentage who claim their CIO is a revolutionary: 10
Source: DeLoitte LLP.
Percentage of U.S. adults who said they feel less financially secure than they did one year ago, according to CouponCabin's first Savings and Spending Report: 45
Percentage who said they always worry about money: 16
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Leonardo da Vinci
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)