Author Archives: Steven Peters

America’s 25 Least Affordable Housing Markets

In the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, housing became much more affordable as prices dropped. Since peaking in 2012, however, affordability has rapidly declined. Inventory of for-sale homes fell ...
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Will the New Transformers Movie Make It One of Most Valuable Film Franchises?

The latest edition of the Transformers movie series, “Transformers: The Last Knight,’’ opened this week. If the film does as well as its predecessors, it would lift Transformers into the ...
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States Where the Most People Live With Their Parents

The hopes and dreams of young adults in the United States usually involve financial success -- and total independence from one’s parents. Achieving these dreams is by no means guaranteed. ...
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America’s 25 Most Affordable Housing Markets

Homeownership in the United States reached 63.6% this year, close to its lowest level since the Census Bureau began tracking the data over 50 years ago, and down from a ...
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Price of a Pack of Cigarettes the Year You Were Born

A pack of cigarettes cost just 25 cents in the 1950s. At a time when the general public was not aware of the harms of smoking, cigarettes were cheap and ...
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Cars Americans Don’t Want to Buy

Americans purchased 17.54 million cars and light trucks in 2016 -- more than ever before. While this has been a record year for a number of makes and models, not ...
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Oldest County in Every State

Life expectancy in the U.S. has been steadily rising for decades, while the birth rate has recently fallen to record lows. Not only is the median age increasing, the percentage ...
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Best (and Worst) States to Be Unemployed

While the U.S. unemployment rate has steadily improved since the Great Recession, millions of Americans remain out of work. Every week, hundreds of thousands of the nation’s jobless apply ...
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States With the Most Mortgage Debt

Household debt levels in the United States have nearly returned to where they were before the recession -- meaning more people have saved for down payments and more are qualifying ...
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Cars So Hot They’re Out of Stock

Americans bought 17.54 million cars and light trucks in 2016, yet another record and an all-time high. While not all cars sell equally fast, dealers cannot seem to keep some ...
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How Many People Are Alive From the Year You Were Born

The U.S. fertility rate is at its lowest point in history, with 62.5 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. The total fertility rate has been ...
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States Producing the Most Meat

The United States produced roughly 140 billion pounds of red meat and poultry in 2016, worth nearly $100 billion. Americans have each added 45 pounds of these types of meat ...
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The Most (and Least) Valuable States

Placing an exact dollar value on land, from rivers and mountains to farm lands and dense urban centers, is virtually impossible. Some, though, have attempted to come up with a ...
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States With the Most UFO Sightings

Humans have always observed their environment -- from their immediate surroundings to the skies and beyond. While technological advancements have increased our powers of perception, the naked senses remain extremely ...
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The Value of a Dollar in Each State

The value of a dollar is not the same everywhere. Prices even of identical items vary dramatically depending on where they are sold. The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates regional ...
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