Average non-mortgage debt carried by individual Americans, according to a survey by Northwestern Mutual: $23,325
Of Americans with debt, percentage of their monthly income that is dedicated to paying off non-mortgage personal debt: 30
Source: Northwestern Mutual.
Ranks of earnings/income potential, general career success and the development of a professional network on the list of enhanced benefits Americans believe come with graduating from a prestigious college, according to a survey from BestColleges.com: 1, 2 (tie)
Percentage of Americans who believe a degree from a prestigious institution is one of the best ways to achieve success in one's life or career: 39
Standard number of push-ups that men between the ages of 20 and 49 should be able to do, according to the American College of Sports Medicine: 13 to 28
Number that women in the same age category should be able to do: 11 to 20
According to a survey by Gymless, percentage of men and women who reported that they can perform only 10 or fewer push-ups in succession: 54
Percentage of respondents in the Gymless survey who indicated that they can perform 51 or more consecutive push-ups: 11.8
Percentage of all U.S. households that own one (or more) type of pet other than dogs and cats, up from 11% five years ago, according to a report from Packaged Facts: 12
Percentage of "other pet" owners who enjoy keeping them because they are fun to watch and observe: 65
Source: Packaged Facts.
Percentage of millennials (ages 25 to 40) who say that social media impacts their buying decisions, followed by 66% of Gen Zers (ages 18 to 24), 49% of Gen Xers (ages 41 to 56) and 45% of baby boomers (ages 57 to 75), according to a report from Bankrate.com: 72
Ranks of posts from friends and family, advertisements and being swayed by posts from celebrities or influencers on the list of social media influences on spending: 1, 2, 3
Percentage of teens who say that America's best years might be behind us, up 15 percentage points from 2005, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll: 56
Percentage who say the U.S. is above all other countries in the world: 23
Percentage of teens who say that political divisions are a major threat to their generation, the largest proportion of any item asked: 59
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of employees who say employers should mandate vaccines before workers return to the workplace, according to research by Eagle Hill Consulting: 50
Regarding social distancing, percentage who concur that employers should require or encourage social distancing: 77
Regarding masks, percentage who agree on employers requiring or encouraging mask use: 73
Source: Eagle Hill Consulting.
Percentage of online shoppers who are using online pickup more than they did pre-pandemic, according to research by Acosta: 40
Percentage who are using online delivery more than they did pre-pandemic: 46
Percentage who are shopping less at mass merchandise stores than they were pre-pandemic: 35
Percentage of all shoppers who prefer home delivery as their fulfillment method of choice (28% prefer curbside pickup and 17% will pick up inside the store): 45
Average APR for a new car loan, according to WalletHub research: 3.89
Average percentage rate for a used car loan: 4.49
Percentage who feel more financially secure buying a car this year than pre-pandemic: 55
Percentage of consumers who are still more likely to buy a car in-person rather than online: 91
Percentage of Americans who would prefer to buy an American-made car this year: 58
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