Percentage of shoppers who have at least one retail membership, according to a survey by Acosta: 77
Percentage who reported having an Amazon Prime membership: 62
Percentage of shoppers who reported joining Walmart Plus since the COVID-19 pandemic began: 42
Number of folds on a chef's toque, said to represent the number of ways to cook an egg, though an investigation by Bon Appetit failed to track down where that saying originated, according to research by Alex Daniel of Best Life: 100
Source: Best Life.
Percentage of all U.S. adults expecting tax refunds who say their refund is important for their overall financial well-being right now, according to a survey by Bankrate: 73
Percentage of those living in lower-income households who say the refund is "very important," up from 42% last year: 61
Ranks of savings, debt payoff and putting most of it toward day-to-day expenses on the list of where most Americans who anticipate getting tax refunds plan to put the bulk of the money: 1, 2, 3
Amount of credit card debt that Americans paid off in 2020 (a major accomplishment, considering that consumers have added an average of $54.2 billion in credit card debt per year over the past 10 years), according to WalletHub's latest Credit Card Debt Study: $82.9 billion
Average household credit card balance at the end of 2020: $8,089
Percentage of people who plan to go on a spending spree when the COVID-19 pandemic is over: 10
Percentage of people who say they got a new pet during the pandemic, according to a survey from Banfield Pet Hospital: 33
Of these, approximate percentage who said they were able to bond more with their pet at this time: 80
Source: Banfield Pet Hospital.
Percentage of Americans who say that post-COVID-19, they are most looking forward to not having to think about coronavirus or social distancing, according to Ipsos research: 74
Percentage who say they are most looking forward to not wearing a mask in public places: 72
Percentage who say meeting with friends and family outside your household: 62
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Number of Americans who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8% increase over 2019 in a year when people drove significantly less frequently because of the pandemic, according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council: 42,060
Estimated percentage spike in the rate of death on the roads last year over the previous 12-month period, despite the number of miles driven having dropped 13%: 24
An estimated number of roadway users who were seriously injured in crashes in 2020, at an estimated cost to society of $474 billion: 4.8 million
Source: National Safety Council.
Percentage of U.S. workers who want employers to delay reopening until vaccines are widely available to employees, according to Eagle Hill research: 42
Percentage who say employers should offer vaccine incentives: 57
Percentage who say employees should be required to take a COVID-19 test before entering the workplace, while 37% say testing should be encouraged: 26
Source: Eagle Hill Consulting.
Number of U.S. households that have cut the cord on their home's broadband service, according to research by Parks Associates: 12 million
Number of households in the U.S. that have only a mobile broadband service: 15 million
Source: Parks Associates.
As this March marks one year of remote learning for many teachers, parents and students, percentage of teachers who report being passionate or very passionate about teaching now vs. 93% who felt the same pre-pandemic, according to results from Study.com research: 91
Percentage of teachers who reported that confidence in teaching online grew significantly, despite many of them indicating they could have used more training to teach in an online environment: 96
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