Rank of New York City as chosen from a list of 48 major cities as the best place to do business, according to a global survey by Ipsos MORI on Global @dvisor, covering 18,147 people in 24 countries: 1
Rank of Zurich as the best place to live, according to the survey: 1
Rank of Paris as the best place to visit: 1
Source: Ipsos Mori.
Percentage of Americans who say they are "very happy," according to a Harris poll conducted in 10 major metropolitan markets: 33
Percentage of respondents in the Dallas/Fort Worth region who said they were "very happy," the highest among the 10 areas polled: 38
Percentage in the San Francisco market who qualified as "very happy" (least happy of the 10 areas measured): 28
Source: Harris Interactive.
Percentage of 35- to 55-year-old U.S. males with $100,000 plus in household income, an associate's degree or higher, an interest in relationships with women and an openness to dating online who have the intention of finding a serious relationship, according to a survey conducted for AnastasiaDate.com: 70
Percentage of these men who are open to dating a woman outside the U.S.: 78
Percentage who would definitely or probably travel to see a woman from another country whom they met online and with whom they had a connection: 50
Source: Anastasia International Inc.
Percentage of insurers who estimated that insurance fraud costs represent 5 percent to 10 percent of their total claims, according to a survey of U.S. insurers by FICO: 35
Percentage who said the cost is as high as 20 percent: 31
Percentage of parents who admit to having driven without their child buckled up in a car seat or booster seat, according to a study by Safe Kids Worldwide: 25
In 2011 in the United States, number of children ages 12 and under who died in motor vehicle crashes: 679
Number of these children who were riding without a child safety seat or seat belt that could have saved their lives: 221
Source: Safe Kids Worldwide.
Percentage of Americans who shop for groceries on a budget and worry about going over it, according to a study by the American Marketing Association: 33
Percentage more a budget shopper will spend when using a smart shopping cart -- a cart that displays the total price of the goods in a shopping cart: 22
Source: American Marketing Association.
With cold-and-flu season on its way, percentage of Americans who are germ anxious, according to a study by Kimberly-Clark Professional: 33
Ranks of the average desk where many people eat their lunch and the break room on the list of office germ "hot spots": 1 (tie)
Average number of germs per square inch found in these places: 20,951
Percentage reduction in average hot-spot germ counts that is accomplished by practicing good hand and surface hygiene: 59
Source: Kimberly-Clark Professional.
Percentage of America's children under the age of 18 who live with at least one grandparent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 10
Estimated number of those grandparents who are responsible for the children's care: 2 million
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of document processes in financial services that are still driven by paper, according to an IDC Financial Insights Market Spotlight: 37
Source: Ricoh Americas Corp.
Rank of San Jose, Calif., with an average weekly pay of $1,464, high-income concentration of 42.8 percent and economic growth of 17.6 percent, on the list of the top cities for the promise of high-paying jobs, according to a study by CreditDonkey: 1
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