Percentage of all Americans who say that housing affordability is a key issue for them, according to a recent online survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Enterprise: 59
Percentage of those surveyed who say that they have personally struggled to pay their rent or mortgage in the last 12 months, or know someone who has been in this situation: 47
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Amount that banks located in the 10 largest U.S. markets are offering their customers in cash for opening a new checking account, according to Bankrate.com: $50 to $400
In New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., amount offered by Citibank -- the most lucrative of the sign-up bonuses: $400
Amount offered by the First Republic Bank in San Francisco: $350
Cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in 1967, according to the U.S. Census Buueau (equal to $2.13 in 2015 dollars): 33 cents
Cost of a gallon of regular gas in 2016: $1.86
Price of milk in 1967 (equal to $7.32 in 2015 dollars): $1.03 gallon
Price of milk in 2016: $3.31 gallon
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of major roads in California that are in poor condition (seven times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest percentage of roads in poor condition at 7 percent), according to WalletHub: 51
Infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births in Alabama (highest in the nation -- two times higher than in California, the state with the lowest, at 4.30): 8.68
Incarceration rate per 100,000 residents age 18 or older in Louisiana (highest in the nation -- six times higher than in Maine, the state with the lowest, at 189): 1,072
Percentage of basic security programs that cover phishing and social engineering attacks, according to the Experian Data Breach Resolution and Ponemon Institute study: 49
Percentage that cover mobile device security: 38
Percentage of companies that provide no incentives to employees for being proactive in protecting sensitive information or reporting potential issues: 67
Among those that do provide incentives, percentage that provide a financial reward: 19
Percentage of Americans who expect advertising to be entertaining, according YouGov research: 70
Rank of "I am stuck on Band-Aid brand 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me" on the list of corporate jingles people like most: 1
Rank of "The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup": 2
Rank of "What would you do for a Klondike bar?" on the list: 3
Percentage of younger consumers ages 18 to 34 who say that they are optimistic about the economy, compared to only 37 percent of those age 50 or older, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores: 60
Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.
Ranks of Windows app and Windows OS problems, viruses/spyware/malware/pop-ups, and printer trouble on the list of technology issues that most trouble consumers and businesses, according to RESCUECOM: 1, 2, 3
Percentage of drinking-age Americans planning to imbibe this summer who say "refreshing" is what they're most likely to look for in an alcoholic beverage this summer, according to results of a Harris Poll: 65
Ranks of fruity, crisp, sweet and citrusy on the list of preferences summer drinkers are also looking for: 1, 2, 3, 4
Percentage of regular drinkers who are more likely to "day drink" in the summer than any other season: 58
Percentage who like drinking outside this time of year: 80
Source: The Harris Poll.
Percentage of adults who think they need additional credit, according to the Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S Households in 2015, prepared by the Consumer and Community Development Research Section of the Federal Reserve Board: 46
Percentage of adults wanting more credit who say they have difficulty accessing additional credit: 40
Percentage of adults with a credit card who regularly carry a balance on that card: 57
Source: Federal Reserve Board.
"The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny." -- Wole Soyinka, playwright, Nobel laureate
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