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Looking At The Nations Numbers

January 12, 2011

A big part of what we do at Gunwel ( during the month of January is help people with their budgeting and forecast what is about to happen based on previous years numbers. We love the work and it is a great financial exercise for our clients. The United States can also be looked at (as a whole) as a portrait in numbers. Here is a list of financial frivolities that tell tales of the U.S.

  • We ate less red meat: 108.3 pounds per person in 2008, down 5.4 pounds since 2000.
  • We are eating few veggies too: 392.7 pounds per person, down more than 30 pounds.
  • We’re drinking more wine: 2.5 gallons per person, up from 2.0 gallons in 2000.
  • The marriage rate is the lowest since 1970, 7.3 per 1,000 people, down from 10.6 per 1,000.
  • Divorces are similar to 1970 levels, at 3.6 per 1,000 people.
  • A record 41 percent of all live births were to unmarried women, up 22 percent since 1980.
  • Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Dakota have more pigs than people.
  • In 2008, 26 percent of men and 30 percent of women had 14 or more days a month where they didn’t get enough sleep.
  • The number of pharmacies increased: 42,300 in 2007, up from 500 the year before.

We can go on with more interesting trivia, but you probably get the point that looking backward is as important as looking forward. At GAI ( we can help with all of your planning re your finances. Let us get your list going. Give us a call today at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. See you soon.

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