Top sites for financial stats

Our organization is asked to participate in media opportunities on a regular basis. Before each interview, we like to prepare by researching the latest financial statistics. Here are seven of my go-to Web sites for speedy stats:

-Census.gov: Facts for Features. This is a great resource for finding fun facts like the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags ($3.4 million in 2008).

-CreditCards.com. Comprehensive list of statistics including numbers on credit card debt, credit card delinquencies, credit scores, credit card interest rates, bankruptcies, and more.

-MyFICO.com: Credit Education Center. Fair Issac analyzed a representative national sample of millions of consumer credit profiles to discover the average use of credit by today's consumers.

-NationalRetailFederation.com: Consumer Trend Data. Great statistics beautifully broken down into timely topics such as Father’s Day and Back to College.

-NEFE.org: NEFE Research. In-depth exploration of financial issues. Featuring the results of the “Young and In Debt” study launched by the National Endowment for Financial Education and USA TODAY®.

-PersonalFinanceFoundation.org: Research. A great site for looking at the impacts of financial problems on employees and employers.

-YACenter.org: Financial Literacy Statistics. Statistics compiled by the Young Americans Center for Financial Literacy on the state of financial literacy in America today.

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Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

  • The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of nonprofit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization's Board of Directors.
  • The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) is the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER’s membership includes state, nonprofit, and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers, and schools, interested and involved in increasing college access and success. It assists its members in shaping policies governing federal and private student loan and state grant programs on behalf of students, parents, borrowers, and families.

  • Since 2007, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) has served as a trusted, neutral source of information for more than eight million homeowners. They are partnered with, and endorsed by, numerous major government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury.

  • The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market in order to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

  • The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

  • The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.