Author: Adam Barnes

Most say cost of living is holding them back from American dream

Story at a glance A new national survey from Wallet Hub shows many Americans are dealing with financial uncertainties heading into the Fourth of July holiday.  Only 56 percent of those surveyed said they feel financially independent. The survey was conducted online, measuring a nationally representative sample of 350 U.S. adults. Rising costs are pinching…

More than a third of Americans can work from home full time

Story at a glance Thirty-five percent of respondents with remote options said they are allowed to work off-site full-time. Another 23 percent can work anywhere part time. The online poll, which measured the responses of more than 25,000 U.S. adults, was conducted by Ipsos from March 15 to April 18. Most Americans enjoy some flexibility in their…

Here’s when adults gain the most weight: study

Story at a glance The study, published in the Journal of Obesity, found that more than half of adult participants gained five percent or more over a ten-year period. Another third gained more than 10 percent.  “The U.S. obesity epidemic is not slowing down,” the study’s author said. American adults gain the most weight between…

Inflation is hurting Americans’ mental health

Story at a glance The new LifeWorks Mental Health Index found that people whose basic needs are going unmet have a mental health score 16 percentage points lower than the national average.  Rising costs have forced half of Americans to cut back on spending.  Only 16 percent said inflation has yet to impact them even…

Public housing residents exposed to higher levels of air pollution

Story at a glance The study, published in Scientific Reports, showed an overrepresentation of public housing in areas with elevated levels of particulate matter. Exposure to particulate matter is responsible for 3 percent of all deaths and 22 percent of deaths from environmental causes nationwide, one researcher said. This was the first nationwide study to…

Why pandemic-era tipping is ending

Story at a glance Traditional tipping etiquette dictates that customers give their servers an extra 15 to 20 percent at the end of their meal, while there is generally no obligation to tip for takeout. Many people propped up their local economies early in the pandemic by upping their gratuities at local coffee shops, corner…

Here are the worst-run cities in America: report

Story at a glance WalletHub compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the largest cities in the nation along 38 “quality of services” metrics, which were then measured against the city’s budget, to determine which U.S. cities were managed the best – and the worst. Washington, D.C. ranked in the bottom five in several major categories,…

How to celebrate Juneteenth this year

Story at a glance Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, the day in 1865 when the remaining enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom by the Emancipation Proclamation issued two years earlier. President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law last June amid a continued racial reckoning following the…

Most people don’t want to be billionaires

Story at a glance Researchers at the University of Bath, Bath Spa, and Exeter surveyed 8,000 people across 33 countries and every continent to study whether the desire for unlimited wealth is human nature. In 86 percent of countries, most people said the ideal lifestyle is attainable with around $10 million, with some who believe…