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Top 5 Northern Arizona Day Trips (Spring-Summer 2012)

Arizona rates as 11th best state for summer road trips

With 85 percent of Americans planning summer getaways, 90 percent of which will be by car, the personal finance website WalletHub followed up on its analysis of Best Gas Credit Cards with a look at 2015’s Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips.

Using 20 key metrics, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states to identify the states that offer frugally minded road travelers the most fun for the least cost. Our data set ranges from average gas prices to the quality of roads to the number of attractions. 

Arizona as a road-trip destination (1 = best; 25 = avg.): 

  • 11th – Number of Attractions
  • 1st – Lowest Price of Three-Star Hotel
  • 15th – Vehicle Miles Traveled per Capita
  • 9th – Number of Scenic Byways
  • 5th – Lowest Price of Camping
  • 2nd – Quality of Bridges
  • 16th – Average Cost of Car Repairs

For the full report, please http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-summer-road-trips/4648/.

2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and Americans planning to spend a record $18.9 billion on related expenses such as candy, flowers and a special night out, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Valentine’s Day.


To give celebrants a sense of the Day of Hearts deal they’re getting compared with the rest of the country, WalletHub examined 100 of the most populated cities across 15 key metrics. The data set includes such measures as restaurant meal costs, the number of attractions and the number of florists per capita.


Best Cities for Valentine’s Day Worst Cities for Valentine’s Day
1 San Francisco, CA 91 Hialeah, FL
2 Seattle, WA 92 Newark, NJ
3 Orlando, FL 93 Cleveland, OH
4 San Diego, CA 94 Garland, TX
5 San Jose, CA 95 San Bernardino, CA
6 Irvine, CA 96 Winston-Salem, NC
7 Portland, OR 97 Toledo, OH
8 Scottsdale, AZ 98 North Las Vegas, NV
9 Plano, TX 99 Laredo, TX
10 Fremont, CA 100 Detroit, MI


Key Stats

  • The cost of a restaurant meal for two* is four times higher in Miami than in Plano, Texas.
  • The average price per movie ticket*is four times higher in Detroit than in Fremont, Calif.
  • The average wine price*is six times higher in Cleveland than in Fremont, Calif.
  • The number of jewelry stores per capitais 37 times higher in Miami than in North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • The number of florists per capitais 21 times higher in Miami than in North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • The number of chocolate shops per capitais 26 times higher in San Francisco than in Oklahoma City.
  • The number of specialty stores per capitais 12 times higher in Orlando, Fla., than in Garland, Texas.

*Note: All costs used in the study were adjusted by the median household income for each city.



To read the full report and to see where your ranks, please visit:



Arizona is the 5th least charitable state, study says

America is obsessed with being No. 1. It dominates in military power, economic prosperity, high technology, even movie blockbusters. Recently, its glorious résumé was freshened up with yet another impressive credential: The world’s most benevolent country of 2014, a title it shares with Myanmar.

With 30 percent of annual giving taking place in December, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Most & Least Charitable States. Unfortunately, Arizona ranked No. 46 out of the 50 states. Utah was ranked as the most charitable state.

Here is how Arizona ranked among states in generosity:

40th – Volunteer Rate
23rd – Percentage of Donated Income
46th – Percentage of Population Who Claim to Have Donated Time
35th – Percentage of Population Who Claim to Have Donated Money
19th – Percentage of Taxpayers Who Donated to Charity
29th – Median Contribution to Charity
47th – Number of Charities per Capita

As the Charities Aid Foundation reported in this year’s World Giving Index, the U.S. was the only nation to rank in the top 10 for each of the three charitable giving behaviors that are measured. It leads in “helping strangers,” jointly ranks fifth with three other countries in “volunteering time” and places ninth in “donating money.”

Just how generous are Americans? According to the National Philanthropic Trust, 95.4 percent of households donate to charities, with each contributing an annual average of $2,974. In 2013 alone, Americans gave more than $335 billion, 72 percent of which came directly from individuals. Of course, being charitable isn’t all about donating money to the needy. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly 63 million people volunteered with an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013.

In the spirit of inspiring more Americans to increase their charitable giving this holiday season, WalletHub aimed the spotlight at the most generous of the 50 states. It analyzed a total of eight key metrics, among which are volunteer rate, the percentage of the population who donated time and money, and the median contribution to charity. The finding can be seen here.


Valley cities rank high for Hispanic business climate

The United States is often dubbed “a nation of immigrants.” But lately the path to American citizenship has been a rough road, especially for an increasing number of Hispanics. Whether they’ve entered U.S. borders lawfully or otherwise, many have felt the sting of marginalization, racism and discrimination in every kind of social environment. And despite the unfriendly welcome, they’re as motivated as ever to put down roots in American soil in order to find better opportunities and improve their lives.

For Hispanics who’ve successfully integrated into American society, they also have managed to contribute significantly to the economy. Their collective impact is reflected in the growing quantity of Hispanic-owned businesses in the country, which stood at 3.1 million in 2013. Together, they hauled in an estimated $486 billion in revenue, as reported by Geoscape and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Even the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. bestow net positive gains on the national economy over time.

Equally as impressive, Hispanics opened businesses — many owned by self-employed individuals — at a rate more than twice the national average of 18 percent between 2002 and 2007, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures. Today, Hispanics and Latinos constitute the largest ethnic minority in the U.S. And by 2050, they could make up a third of the country’s population, quickly becoming what USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez appropriately described as “America’s business future.”

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month beginning Sept. 15, WalletHub, a leading personal finance social network, assessed the minority business climate within the 150 largest U.S. cities. It did so by examining 19 key metrics such as Hispanic entrepreneurship rates, corporate tax systems and the share of businesses owned by Hispanics.

Among the Top 20 best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs, Metro Phoenix is represented by two cities — Gilbert and Chandler. Below are the rankings of each of them together with the top metrics.

Gilbert ranks No. 4 for Hispanic business climate:
4th – Hispanic Renters to Hispanic Owners Ratio
12th – Unemployment Rate of Hispanics
15th – Housing Affordability for Hispanics
18th – Length of Average Workday

Chandler ranks No. 10 for Hispanic business climate:
15th – Unemployment Rate of Hispanics
18th – Income Growth of Hispanics
18th – Length of Average Workday
19th – Hispanic Renters to Hispanic Owners Ratio


Report: Arizona is 7th Least Safest State

With June being National Safety Month,the personal finance social media network WalletHub decided to follow up on its analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Families with an in-depth look at the Safest States to Live In.

WalletHub compared each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 26 key metrics. The data is broken down into categories that include workplace safety, emergency preparedness, home and community stability, traffic safety and, of course, financial security. By doing so, families and individuals can easily factor safety among their considerations when comparing prospective locations to lay down roots. Below is a brief overview of WalletHub’s findings.

Safety Conditions in Arizona:

35th – Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter per Capita
38th – Fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of Travel
41st – Employer Health Insurance Coverage Rates
35th – Public Hospital Rankings
23rd – Sex Offenders Per Capita
31st – Assault per Capita
37th – Percentage of Population Without Health Insurance Coverage
37th – Percentage of People Who Spend More Than They Make
50th – Annual Consumer Savings Account Averages
17th – Number of Climate Disasters (over 1 billion in damage)

For the full report, visit http://wallethub.com/edu/2014s-safest-states-to-live-in/4566/.

downtown Gilbert AZ

Gilbert among best cities for families

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday and the school year making way to free time with family, the personal finance social network WalletHub today followed up on its analysis of the Best & Worst Places to Staycation in 2014 with an in-depth look at the Best & Worst Cities for Families.

WalletHub compared each of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. based on 31 key metrics – ranging from crime rates and school system ranks to housing costs and even the number of parks per capita – in order to help families across the country identify the ideal location to put down roots. It’s wedding season, after all, and a lot of newlyweds will be making such crucial decisions in the months to come.

Here are 2014’s Best Cities for Families:

1. Plano, Texas
2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
3. Overland Park, Kansas
4. Fremont, California
5. Irvine, California
6. Virginia Beach, Virginia
7. Lincoln, Nebraska
8. Anchorage, Alaska
9. Gilbert, Arizona
10. Amarillo, Texas