$31,213: The Average Cost of A Wedding In 2014 Excluding Honeymoon

We spotted this stat today:

“A new survey of 16,000 brides by XO Group, which owns wedding website TheKnot.com, found that the average cost of a wedding excluding a honeymoon was $31,213 in 2014, a five-year high. When adjusted for inflation, that spending is not quite equal to pre-recession highs, but it is getting close.” Source

And the most expensive place to get married in – Manhattan.

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30 Million American Adults Do Not Own A Cellphone

A few years back, this would not have been news. We spotted this stat today – that the cellphone ownership percentage among American adults is around 88 percent –

“Overall, cellphone ownership among American adults is around 88%, according to Pew Research Center surveys. In the past two years, there were some increases in cellphone ownership among the poor and the elderly. ” (Source)

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$83 Trillion: US Household Wealth Touches Record High

Huge numbers, these – we spotted this stat today:

“Household wealth rose 1.9 percent during the October-December quarter to nearly $83 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Stock and mutual fund portfolios gained $742 billion, while the value of Americans’ homes rose $356 billion.” Source

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You’ll Never Guess: Ikea Catalogue Copies Printed Every Year

We spotted this stat today –

“Ikea’s catalogues serve a similar purpose as the sample rooms—and, again, the company has invested in the strategy in a comprehensive way. Catalogues come in 32 languages and 67 versions, with each reflecting local customers and customs. There are two catalogues for Belgians: one in French, another in Flemish. Ikea customers in Winnipeg and Calgary typically see a different version from their Francophone countrymen in Montreal.

Ikea printed 217 million copies of its most recent annual tome—which the company claims is the biggest run of any publication of its kind in the world—producing them in a studio in Älmhult, Sweden.”

Source

Dominating the world, indeed.

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To Afford A Home In San Francisco, You Need To Make A Salary Of..

Get prepared to hear an insane number. We spotted this stat today:

“On a national scale, a buyer who puts 20 percent down would need to earn a salary of $48,604 to afford the median-priced home in America. But that total varies a lot from city to city. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, St. Louis and Cincinnati rank as the most affordable metros in which to buy a new home – HSH.com estimates that you can buy the median home while making less than $34,000 – while New York, Los Angeles and San Diego are at the high end, requiring salaries of nearly $90,000 or more. But the most expensive city by far is San Francisco, where the site estimates you would need to make $142,448 to buy the median home in the area.” Source

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Stunning: There Are More Chinese Restaurants In The US Than..

We spotted this stat today:

“Today, there are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than the combined total of Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s restaurants.” Source

More than all these giants combined? Thats huge.

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Two-thirds of American Households Earn Less Today Than They Did In 2002

We spotted this stat today:

“Two-thirds of American households are headed by someone who did not earn a college degree. From 2002 to 2013, those households, even as they aged, saw their median incomes fall by 9.4 percent (for those headed by high school graduates) and 17.3 percent (for those headed by high-school dropouts).” Source

We had spotted some Education Vs Employment stats before – the equation seems to hold.

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February Mall Traffic Boosted By Lower Gas Prices

We spotted this stat today:

“February to February, weather affected retail sales in 2014 and 2015, but lower gasoline prices in 2015 also proved to be a key factor. The Thomson Reuters Same Store Sales Index forecast for February 2015 calls for a gain of 2.1%, stronger than the actual increase of 0.6% in 2014.” (Source)

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$1 Million Buys You Only 183 Square Feet. Where?

We spotted this stat today:

“According to a new survey from Knight-Frank, $1 million buys you only 17 square meters, or 183 square feet, in Monaco, the world’s most expensive real estate market as measured by average cost per square foot.

Hong Kong ranked second, with $1 million buying you only 20 square meters, or around 215 square feet. In London, you’ll get just a wee bit more for $1 million, or about 21 square meters.”

Source

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How Much Has A Typical Family Saved Up For Retirement?

We spotted this stat today:

“On average, a typical working family in the anteroom of retirement — headed by somebody 55 to 64 years old — has only about $104,000 in retirement savings, according to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances.” Source

Clearly, that’s not enough. Investment advice has got a lot to do with that number, of course.

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