Percentage by which India's economy will grow this year, surpassing China for the first time in 16 years, according to the IMF: 7.5
Number of habitations in India not connected to any major roadway, requiring the completion of 62,000 miles of road to connect them: 178,000
Source: Nielsen Insights.
Percentage of small-business owners who have used a credit card to fund their business, according to Cardhub: 37
Estimated amount the Credit Card Act of 2009 has saved consumers (it excluded small businesses) in late fees and over-limit fees, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: $3.5 billion
Percentage of Americans who say hybrid and electric cars are here to stay and will become more affordable and more people will drive them, according to autopartswarehouse.com: 59
Percentage who say they will always be for trendy drivers: 8
Percentage who think they are a fad: 6
Source: mWEBB Communications.
Percentage of the world's population accounted for by the United States, according to Generation Opportunity: 5
Percentage of the world's prison population accounted for by the U.S.: 25
Percentage of the American population accounted for by African-Americans: 13
Percentage of the U.S. prison population accounted for by African-Americans: 40
Source: Generation Opportunity.
Number of bachelor's degrees expected to be conferred this year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics: 1.8 million
Number of associate degrees: 1 million
Ranks of accounting services, software publishing, and investment banking and securities dealing as the three highest-growth areas, according to IBISWorld: 1, 2, 3
Percentage of American dog owners who say their pet has had a positive impact on their physical health, according to a survey by Packaged Facts: 74
Percentage who said their dog had a positive influence on their mental health: 77
Source: Packaged Facts.
Number of convenience stores in the U.S., according to the National Association of Convenience Stores: 152,794
Number of those that are run by single-store operators: 96,318
Percentage increase in year-over-year convenience store growth accounted for by single-store operators: 83.5
Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.
Number of countries to which a U.S. passport entitles a U.S. citizen to travel, according to GoEuro: 174
Number of countries to which a person holding a passport from Afghanistan can travel: 28
Number of countries a person from Iraq can visit: 31
Percentage of 16- to 18-year-olds who are working, according to the Institute of Family Studies: 30
Average annual income for these workers: $9,500
Percentage of households below the federal poverty line that moved above the poverty line as a result of income from children who dropped out of school: 42
Source: Institute of Family Studies.
Percentage of Americans who have a will or living trust document, according to a caring.com survey: 56
Percentage of adult children who don't know where their parents store their estate documents: 52
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