Social Characteristics

The World Bank predicts that the effects of the pandemic will have pushed somewhere between 88 million and 115 million people worldwide into extreme poverty some time this year. A number of Americans...
Inflation is once again becoming a potential concern in the U.S., according to some economists. This is due in part to accelerated job growth, new stimulus packages, and the rising price of fuel.  ...
It is hard to peg a methodology for determining financial stress. Some people make a great deal of money but do not live within their means. Some people have modest incomes but are thrifty....
Starting a successful business is one of the most coveted ways to earn a living. It can provide a steady income and a chance to save for major expenditures, like buying a home, saving for the...
Once wildly expensive and inaccessible but to the very rich, computers today are one of the most ubiquitous technologies worldwide. The most basic model of an HP 3000 sold for $95,000 in 1972, the...
Millions of American households benefited from federal emergency unemployment programs. These programs offered financial support to workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and its...
Housing prices in the Western United States are generally more expensive than elsewhere in the nation. When real estate firm Zillow calculated July prices for a typical mid-tier home in the U.S., not...
It is hard to peg a methodology for determining financial stress. Some people make a great deal of money but do not live within their means. Some people have modest incomes but are thrifty....
The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without universal health care. As a result, most Americans under age 65 receive employer-based health insurance coverage. Under this...
The COVID-19 pandemic sent the U.S. unemployment rate to 14.8% in April 2020, its highest level since the Great Depression. Normally, such an economic shock would result in a spike in the national...
The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without universal health care. As a result, most Americans under age 65 receive employer-based health insurance coverage. Under this...
The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without universal health care. As a result, most Americans under age 65 receive employer-based health insurance coverage. Under this...
There are an estimated 39.5 million Americans living below the poverty line, which, in the lower 48 states, is an annual income threshold of $12,880 for an individual and $26,500 for a family of four...
The Social Security Administration announced recently that it would not be able to pay full benefits beginning in 2034, a full year earlier than had been anticipated before the pandemic. This could...
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have pushed many older Americans into retirement. A Pew Research Center report found that there were 3.2 million more retirees in September 2020 than there had been a...