Author Archives: Steven Peters

25 Most Common Reasons for a Check Engine Light

 When a vehicle’s check engine light turns on, many Americans ignore it while hoping it is not a significant problem. While minor issues often trigger a check engine light, serious ...
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35 Top Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time

Hollywood seems more risk averse these days. Filmmakers are increasingly using proven characters and stories instead of original screenplays. These time-tested, big-budget films are rarely in the running for best ...
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America’s Least Eco-Friendly Vehicles

Burning just one gallon of gasoline creates 20 pounds of greenhouse gases -- the leading contributor to climate change. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, highway vehicles emit 1.7 billion ...
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America’s Most Eco-Friendly Vehicles

Highway vehicles in the United States emit approximately 1.7 billion tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year, close to one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. With climate change ...
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Cities With the Highest (and Lowest) Credit Scores

Whether you are being denied a home or auto loan, a rental application, or a job, having a low credit score is a challenging situation. Such difficulties make it even ...
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The Fastest Growing City in Each State

The U.S. population has grown by 3.7% over the past five years. While this is historically a relatively slow growth, some urban areas have experienced explosive growth over the same ...
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States Where the Most People Use Only Cellphones

Americans are steadily abandoning traditional telephone landlines and exclusively using wireless devices. While 8.4% of U.S. households used only cellphones in 2005, this was true of nearly half of all ...
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How Many People Were Born the Year You Were Born

The birth rate in the United States is lower today than at any point in the nation’s history. As the baby boomer generation -- the largest generation in America’s history ...
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States With the Most (and Least) Identity Theft

The risk of identity theft in the United States continues to rise. The incidence of such crimes rose consistently over the last decade, from 246,214 in 2006 to 399,225 last ...
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America’s 25 Largest Private Companies

Whether to go public or not is a complex decision for business owners. Initial public offerings can quickly generate massive amounts of capital that could be used for company expansion ...
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Most (and Least) Tax-Friendly States for Business

States compete to attract new businesses, which can generate jobs and contribute to economic growth. While every state levies some form of taxes on businesses, some states are more tax-friendly ...
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The County With the Least Expensive Housing Market in Every State

Purchasing a home is widely considered one of life’s milestones. While home prices have risen faster than incomes in recent years, prospective buyers willing to relocate -- even within their state ...
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States With the Highest (and Lowest) Gas Prices

The price of gas, a necessity for most Americans, tends to be somewhat unpredictable. The common, often erratic, fluctuations are due to basic supply and demand factors, but the ...
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The Most (and Least) Dependable Car Brands

Whether it is a dead car battery discovered at the beginning of a commute to work or broken air conditioning in the middle of summer, unreliable vehicles can create unpleasant ...
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American Cities Getting the Most Exercise

Only about one in five adults meet the federal guidelines for both aerobic and strength-focused exercise. Perhaps even more concerning, nearly one in four Americans fail to get any exercise ...
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