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How Does Your Holiday Spending Budget Compare?

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With 2016 holiday spending expected to increase 3.6 percent to nearly $656 billion and more than a third of consumers exceeding their holiday budgets in 2015, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2016 Holiday Budgets by City report.

To help consumers with their holiday-budget planning, WalletHub’s analysts used several key metrics — ranging from “age” to “debt-to-income ratio” — to estimate and compare the maximum spending amounts for consumers in each of 570 U.S. cities.

Cities with the Highest Holiday Budgets
1 Palo Alto, CA ($2,821) 11 Midland, TX ($1,752)
2 League City, TX ($2,362) 12 Santa Clara, CA ($1,748)
3 Sugar Land, TX ($2,334) 13 Arlington, VA ($1,741)
4 Sunnyvale, CA ($2,203) 14 Pleasanton, CA ($1,726)
5 Pearland, TX ($2,080) 15 Frisco, TX ($1,719)
6 Missouri City, TX ($1,985) 16 Newton, MA ($1,675)
7 Cary, NC ($1,948) 17 Flower Mound, TX ($1,675)
8 Mountain View, CA ($1,914) 18 Fishers, IN ($1,601)
9 Shawnee, KS ($1,843) 19 Columbia, MD ($1,591)
10 Troy, MI ($1,809) 20 The Woodlands, TX ($1,564)

Key Stats

  • Cambridge, Mass., has the lowest debt-to-income ratio, 19.41 percent, which is four times lower than in Menifee, Calif., the city with the highest at 78.38 percent.
  • Fishers, Ind., has the lowest expenses-to-income ratio, 59.18 percent, which is 1.7 times lower than in Brockton, Mass., the city with the highest at 99.64 percent.
  • Jackson, Miss., has the highest savings-to-income ratio, 165 percent, which is 1.8 times higher than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the lowest at 91 percent.
  • Fishers, Ind., has the highest savings-to-monthly expenses ratio, 227 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Baltimore, the city with the lowest at 108 percent.

Richie Bernardo For a WalletHub News Release posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com Nov. 18, 2016 

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