1. Zillow, a real estate tracking company, reported that 28 percent of all homeowners currently have a home that is worth less then they owe. This came out in May 2011. You can find different sources on the net. I read it in a New York Life pamphlet.
2. An AARP Poll on saving and spending, In the past year, have you/your spouse or partner started saving more or cutting back on spending? Yes, started to cut back 65 percent in both age categories (ages 25-49 and ages 50-plus).
3. Source: National Institute of Health. One study found that 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes were vitamin D deficient. I read this in the Erickson Tribune. I am still trying to qualify that number but was unable to find it on the NIH website.
4. Americans 48 percent say they've skimped on needed health care, including medications, to save money. Yet just 5 percent say their doctor talks to them about the price of prescriptions. Source: Consumer Reports National Research Center. I read this in Parade magazine.
5. "Heroes" 20 percent of people who qualify as heroes because they helped a stranger in an emergency or took other selfless action. I was impressed with this number found in the 2012 Farmers Almanac.
6. Step relatives 40 percent of adults that say they have a step relative. 2012 Farmers Almanac. Imagine the numbers that don't even know.
7. Almost every day 71 percent of people who say they make the bed everyday or almost every day. 2012 Farmers Almanac.
8. Believers 71 percent of people who are "absolutely certain" of God's existence. 2012 Farmers Almanac.
9. In November, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs
declined by 432,000 to 7.6 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those
jobless for 27 weeks and over) was little changed at 5.7 million and accounted
for 43.0 percent of the unemployed. (See tables A-11 and A-12.) Found at National Bureau of Labor and Statistics website. The December numbers come out on January 6th.
10. Resolutions 40-45 percent of American adults make one or more resolutions a year. Source:proactivechange.com/resolutions
The following shows how many of these resolutions are maintained as time goes
- past the first week: 75%
- past 2 weeks: 71%
- after one month:
- after 6 months: 46%
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their
goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.