Washington, D.C. is the most stressed out city in the U.S. That was the conclusion of the real estate blog Movoto, which based its 2014 ranking on commuting time, unemployment, high cost of living, crime, hours worked, population density and cost of rent. New York was second followed by Miami, San Francisco, Jersey City, Oakland, Chicago, Newark, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. It seems what put D.C. on the top of the list was commuting time. Perhaps D.C. commuters would find it helpful to quote Albert Einstein, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once”.
Detroit’s residents have the least debt. Experian looked at credit card, auto, personal and student loan debt for 2014 in the 20 largest U.S. cities. The average debt for Detroiters was $23,604. That’s down 7.1% from 2010 and Detroit was the only city with a decrease. Los Angeles had the second least debt ($24,361) followed by Miami ($24,884) and New York ($25,396). Dallas had the most debt ($28,240) proceeded by Houston ($28,105); Washington, D.C. ($27,668); and Seattle ($27,279). Nationwide debt increased 5% to an average $25,927 since 2010 – and for much of that we are “indebted” to Uncle Sam.
Utah is the most charitable U. S. state. That was the finding of a 2013 Gallup poll. At least 600 residents of each state were asked if they had donated money to a charity or volunteered at an organization within the past month and the ranking was based on the combination of both. Utah scored 48%. Minnesota (41%) was the second most charitable state followed by Hawaii (39%), South Dakota (39%), New Hampshire (38%), Kansas (38%), Illinois (37%), Montana (36%), Idaho (36%) and Maine (35%). Kentucky and Nevada tied for least charitable (24%). If charity begins at home, it can end there too.
South Dakota is the best state for retirement. That’s according to a 2014 Bankrate study that considered such things as crime rates, weather, healthcare, tax rates and overall cost of living. Colorado was second followed by Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming. The 5 states at the bottom of the list were New York, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas and Hawaii. According to the Pew Research Center, 26% of the U.S. population were baby boomers in 2011; and about 10,000 will reach age 65 every day between now and 2030. Of course, you can’t be “re-tired” until you have already tired.