After a near telephone monopoly that existed for decades, the number of telephone carriers now available to consumers, according to the Census Bureau: 5,300-plus
Estimated number of Americans who carry cellphones with them every day at work, on errands and during leisure time: 300 million
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of those with a bachelor's degree who have ever worked who say that their education positively influenced being hired, compared to 41 percent of their counterparts who have worked but never earned a bachelor's degree, according to a survey from University of Phoenix: 78
Percentage of working adults who say they are currently taking an online course or plan to in the future: 59
Source: Kelton Research.
Among those Americans who have previously quit smoking or are interested in quitting, percentage who say gaining weight is their biggest challenge to quitting smoking: 41
Ranks of hypnosis, acupuncture and individual therapy or support group on the list of non-nicotine replacement-based methods: 1, 2, 3
Percentage of academic leaders who rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face classes, according to a survey of online learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group: 77
Percentage of chief academic officers who believe their faculty should accept the value and legitimacy of online education: 30
Percentage of chief academic leaders who say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy (a new high): 69
Source: Babson College.
Percentage of American millionaires who say they are doing more for their own children than was done for them, according to a survey from PNC Wealth Management: 91
Percentage of respondents who say they have provided or expect to provide financial support for higher education: 84
Percentage of millionaire parents who strongly support basic purchases such as a car: 61
Percentage who support down payments on homes: 45
Source: PNC Wealth Management.
According to an Aon Hewitt analysis, total health care costs per employee in 2012: $10,522
Employers' share of that cost: $8,318
Source: Aon Hewitt.
Percentage of company data breaches that were reported by employees other than IT, according to a survey conducted by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association: 47
Percentage that were reported by customers: 15
Source: Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Percentage of 20-somethings who identified "paying the bills" as essential to achieving financial independence, according to the second nationwide survey by The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.: 78
Percentage of those aged 25 to 29 who have achieved that milestone: 60
Source: PNC Wealth Management.
Percentage of large firms that offer retiree health benefits (down from 66 percent 1988), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 25
Percentage of small firms that offer retiree health benefits: 4
Percentage of the cost paid by Uncle Sam for members of Congress, who get health coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: 72 to 75
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Net worth of Tiger Woods, outshining the combined fortunes of all others golfers in a top 10 ranking, according to data by Wealth-X: $590 million
Rank of Tiger Woods on the list of the world's wealthiest athletes who are still active in their sport -- more affluent than other top-earning athletes such as Swiss tennis player Roger Federer ($180 million) and NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant ($220 million): 1
Ranks of Phil Mickelson ($190 million), Vijay Singh ($70 million), Ernie Els ($60 million) and Jim Furyk ($55 million) on the list of the wealthiest golfers: 2, 3, 4, 5
"The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude." -- Aldous Huxley, novelist
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