Good news my fellow Texans, we're livin' good. I mean, we all knew that, but it's always nice to read data that reinforces what we know to be absolutely true. The only states ranked better than the Lone Star State as most affordable states to live in: Kansas, our friends to the north, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. But, c'mon, Kansas and Nebraska? Really?
Christmas means toys, food, holiday cards, laughter, singing, family squabbles and lot of sweets stuffed inside your belly. The festive season also means a ton of money will be spent on those near and dear to us—and with so many sales going on, maybe just a bit on yourself as well.
America is a middle-class nation, at least if you ask Americans. Gallup surveyed 1,009 adults if they were "upper class," "upper-middle class," "middle class," "working class" or "lower class."
The average income of the American family is down for the second year in a row, with households earning nearly eight percent less than what they did in 2007 prior to having their financial throats cut by a downtrodden economy.