New year’s resolution? Research Suggests Detroiter is poised for failure

New research on New Year’s resolutions suggests that where you live can make you vulnerable to failure.

More than 7 in 10 people admit that they failed to support New Year’s resolutions in the past, according to a recent WalletHub poll. New research from WalletHub indicates that the results could have been better if the person’s environment had been better.

It makes sense, sure, and it’s bad news for anyone working on a New Year’s resolution in Detroit. search history Detroit is the 5th worst city out of 182 In terms of keeping New Year’s resolutions – Scottsdale, Arizona. Ranked #1:

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In order to determine the best cities for keeping New Year’s resolutions, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including 150 most populous US cities, as well as at least two of the most populous cities in each state — across five key dimensions: 1) health resolutions, 2 ) financial decisions, 3) school and work decisions, 4) bad habits decisions and 5) relationship decisions.

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We evaluated those dimensions using 57 related scales, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each scale is rated on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best conditions for achieving New Year’s goals. Metrics data marked with an asterisk

It was only available at the state level. For scales marked with two asterisks (**), we used the square root of population to calculate population size to avoid overcompensating for small differences across cities.

Finally, we determined the weighted average of each city across all scales to calculate their overall scores and used the resulting results to rank the sample. In selecting the sample, we considered only the appropriate city in each case, with the exception of cities in the surrounding metro area.

  • Health Decisions – Score: 20

  • Share of obese adults: double the weight (~4.00 points)

  • Percentage of adults who do not exercise: full weight (about 2.00 points)

  • Access to exercise opportunities: full weight (about 2.00 points)

  • Access to health food stores: full weight (about 2.00 points)

  • Inadequate Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: Whole Weight* (~ 2.00 points) Note: This scale measures the proportion of adults who eat less than one serving of fruit or vegetables per day.

  • Percentage of residents who say they eat healthily: full weight (approximately 2.00 points) Note: This scale is based on the Gallup and Shari Care Community Rankings for Healthy Eating 2016 report that examines healthy eating across the country.

  • Number of fitness centers per person: full ** weight (about 2.00 points)

  • Number of weight loss centers per person: full ** weight (about 2.00 points)

Average monthly fitness club fee: full weight (about 2.00 points)

Financial Decisions – Score: 20

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  • Average annual income: full weight (~1.43 points) Note: This metric has been adjusted for cost of living.

  • Income growth (2015-2019): full weight (~1.43 points)

  • Average credit score: full weight (~1.43 points)

  • Average Credit Card Debt: Full Weight (~1.43 points) Note: Each person’s “debt” was calculated as a share of the average earnings.

  • Share of delinquent debtors: full weight (~1.43 points)

  • Mortgage Debt: Full Weight (approx. 1.43 points) Note: Each person’s “debt” was calculated as a share of the average earnings.

  • Non-Mortgage Debt: Full Weight (~1.43 points) Note: Each person’s “debt” was calculated as a share of average earnings.

  • Debt-to-income ratio: full weight (~1.43 points)

  • Share of households with emergency savings: full weight (~1.43 points) Note: This measure measures the proportion of households that have saved for unexpected expenses or emergencies in the past 12 months.

  • Home Ownership Rate: Full Weight (~1.43 points)

  • Rent affordability: Full weight (~1.43 points) Note: This metric was calculated as: Annual price of renting a two-bedroom apartment / Median annual household income.

  • Housing Affordability: Full Weight (~1.43 points) Note: This metric was calculated as: Median Home Price/Mean Annual Household Income.

  • Poverty rate: full weight (~1.43 points)

Comparing Financial Products: Full Weight (~1.43 points) Note: This metric measures residents’ true intention to compare ‘credit cards’, ‘mortgage rates’, ‘auto insurance’ and ‘auto loans’. “True Intent” is measured using average monthly search volumes for those specific terms.

  • School and Work Decisions – Score: 20
  • Share of public schools rated by GreatSchools.org above average: twice the weight (~2.50 points)
  • Average Quality of Universities: Full Weight (~1.25 points) Note: This metric measures the average college and university scores on WalletHub.

  • High school dropout rate: full weight (~1.25 points)

  • Employment Opportunities: Full Weight (~1.25 points) Note: This metric was calculated as: Number of job openings per population in the labor force – Unemployment rate.

  • Average annual income: full weight (~1.25 points) Note: This metric has been adjusted for cost of living.

  • Income growth (2015-2019): full weight (~1.25 points)

  • Unemployment rate: twice the weight (~2.50 points)

  • Underemployment rate: twice the weight (~2.50 points)

  • Job security: full weight (~1.25 points) Note: This metric was calculated as: (Employees in September 2021 – Employees in September 2020) / Number of employees in September 2020.

  • Job satisfaction: full weight (~1.25 points)

  • Sharecare Community Well-Being Indicator Score: Full Weight (approximately 1.25 points) Note: Purpose rating is defined as “liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.”

Employment Expectations: Full Weight (~1.25 points) Note: This metric is based on the Workforce Employment Outlook Survey.

  • Bad Habits Resolutions – Score: 20

  • Binge drinking: full weight (~2.22 points) Note: This scale measures the age-adjusted prevalence of binge drinking among adults 18 years of age or older.

  • Percentage of adult smokers: full weight (approx. 2.22 points)

  • Percentage of marijuana users: full weight (approximately 2.22 points) Note: This metric measures the percentage of the population aged 12 and over who has used marijuana in the past month.

  • Access to Opioids: Full Weight (approx. 2.22 points) Note: This scale measures the number of opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 residents.

  • Deaths related to drug overdose: full weight (~2.22 points)

  • Percentage of adults with gambling disorders: full * weight (~2.22 points)

  • Proportion of adults with poor sleep: full weight (~2.22 points) Note: This scale measures the proportion of adults who sleep less than seven hours a night.

  • Percentage of adults in good or poor health: full weight (about 2.22 points)

Percentage of adults who visited a doctor and/or dentist in the last year: full weight (~2.22 points)

  • Relationship Decisions – Score: 20

  • Nightlife establishments per capita: full** weight (~1.67 points)

  • Restaurants per capita: whole ** weight (approximately 1.67 points)

  • Tourist attractions: full weight (approximately 1.67 points) Note: “Attractions” include, for example, zoos, museums, and theaters.

  • Park Playgrounds Per Capita: Full Weight (~1.67 points)

  • Per capita Parkland acre: full weight (~1.67 points)

  • Average wedding cost: full weight (~1.67 points) Note: “Cost” is calculated as a share of average earnings.
  • Fun Chances: Full Weight (approximately 1.67 points) Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Most Fun Cities in America” ​​rating.
  • Sports fan friendship: full weight (~1.67 points) Note: This metric is based on the WalletHub “Top Sports Cities” rating.

  • Sharecare ‘Social’ Community Wellbeing Score: Full weight (~1.67 points) Note: ‘Social’ rating is defined as ‘having supportive and loving relationships in your life’.

Percentage of residents who talk regularly or spend time with friends and family: full weight (~1.67 points)

Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Center for Education Statistics, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Council for Community and Economic Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wedding Report, County Health Rating, Yelp, Numbeo, TransUnion, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, GreatSchools, Foundation for National and Community Service, National Council on Problem Gambling, Indeed, Chmura Economics & Analytics, ManpowerGroup, Google Ads, Sharecare, TripAdvisor, The Trust for Public Land, Gallup – Sharecare, and WalletHub Research.

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