When workers were asked what the "American Dream" meant to them, percentage who said making enough money for me and my family to live comfortably, according to a survey by CareerBuilder that allowed multiple answers: 85
Percentage who said being able to help others: 48
Percentage who said seeing my ideas become a reality in business: 17
Percentage who said becoming a millionaire: 10
Percentage of Americans who are concerned about contracting a new or particularly resilient strain of the flu this year, according to a survey conducted by Bradley Corp.: 60
Percentage who wave hello or use alternate greetings when they meet someone who is sick: 51
Percentage of respondents who make it a point to wash their hands more frequently to avoid getting germs or passing them on to others: 61
Source: Bradley Corp.
Amount the average person celebrating Valentine's Day has spent, according to the 2018 Valentine's Day spending survey by WalletHub: $143.56.
Percentage of people who said gift cards on Valentine's Day are the worst type of present: 21
Rank of "online" on the list of places where singles most often meet, according to a survey by Match.com: 1
Percentage of singles who have had a "friend with benefits" relationship: 55
Of these, percentage who have seen the relationship turn serious: 45
Percentage of singles who build a friendship first -- known as "hanging out," where they skip the sex and haven't gone out on an official first date: 40
Rate that the average American worker gives his or her job satisfaction on a 10-point scale, according to a Bankrate.com survey: 7
Percentage of workers who gave a rating of 8 or higher, including 19 percent who awarded a perfect 10, vs. just 11 percent who said 3 or lower: 50
Amount of money the third-party debt collection industry returned to creditors in 2016, according to a survey conducted by Ernst and Young on behalf of ACA International: $67.6 billion
Number of people directly employed by third-party collection agencies with a payroll of $4.9 billion: 129,262
Source: ACA International.
Percentage of parents who spend more than $2,500 a year on sports, dance, arts and other extracurricular activities, according to a study commissioned by SunTrust Banks Inc.: 20
Percentage who spend more than $1,000 annually: 40
Source: SunTrust Banks Inc.
Percentage of Americans who said they have worked at a convenience store, according to a national survey conducted by the National Association of Convenience Stores: 19
Of these, percentage who said they worked at a convenience store while in high school: 24
Percentage who said said they worked at a convenience store while pursuing higher education: 29
Source: National Association of Convenience Stores.
Ranks of relaxing or finding peace of mind, discovering new cultures or enjoying a change of scenery, becoming closer as a family, and reading or learning new things on the list of reasons for vacation travel, according to a survey by M Group Strategic Communications for travel insurer Generali Global Assistance North America: 1, 2, 3, 4
Source: M Group Strategic Communications.
Among Protestant and nondenominational American churchgoers, percentage who have provided foster care in the last year, according to LifeWay Research: 25
Percentage who have adopted a new child from the United States: 17
Percentage who have adopted a new child from another country: 15
Source: LifeWay Research.
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