The prospect of paying off debt remains the No. 1 cause of financial stress in most the U.S., but to Rhode Islanders, taxes are the top financial concern, according to a new survey by personal finance website GOBankingRates. Everyday costs (like groceries and utilities) and the cost of healthcare follow closely behind as the second- and third-greatest financial concerns among Americans.
In 2016, GOBankingRates conducted a similar survey with slightly different answer choices. However, responses from both surveys confirmed that lingering debt is the No. 1 financial stressor for the second consecutive year.
GOBankingRates reveals that debt is the No. 1 cause of financial stress in the U.S., with everyday costs (groceries, utilities, etc.) and the cost of healthcare following close behind in the rankings.To determine the cause of financial stress, GOBankingRates surveyed more than 7,000 people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Respondents were asked the following question: "Of the following, what is your No. 1 cause of financial stress?" Respondents could choose one of the following answers (includes percentage of respondents who elected this choice):
For more details on methodology and full survey details, visit: The No. 1 Cause of Financial Stress in Every State
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