Second Homes, Part 4

According to the most recent U.S. Census, there were 193,000 seasonal and recreational housing units (second homes) in Wisconsin in 2010. That represents an increase of 51,000 housing units or 36 percent since 2000. For comparison, total housing units¹ in Wisconsin increased by 303,000 or 13.1 percent during the same period. QUESTION: What Wisconsin county […]

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Second Homes, Part 3

In 2010, seasonal and recreational housing (second homes) accounted for 7.4 percent of the 2.6 million housing units¹ in Wisconsin. In twenty three of Wisconsin’s seventy two counties over 20 percent of the housing units in the county were second homes. In eleven counties, second homes comprised at least 40 percent of the housing units […]

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The Biggest Box: Wal-Mart 2009 E-Commerce Sales

About 4 percent of all retail sales are completed online. In 2009, consumers purchased $143 billion in retail goods from businesses online. According to the most recent Wal-Mart Annual Report, what were total U.S. sales for Wal-Mart (including Sam’s) for the 12 months ending January 31, 2010? A. $26 million B. $26 billion C. $268 […]

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E-Commerce III: Business-to-Business E-commerce in 2008

According to the U.S. Census Bureau E –Stats, business-to-consumer (B-to-C) online sales (goods and services) totaled $288 billion in 2008. Businesses also sell to other businesses. Business-to business (B-to-B) e-commerce has increased dramatically over the past few years as businesses find new, effective, cost efficient ways to use tine internet. B-to-B e-commerce more than doubled […]

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E-Commerce II: Consumer Spending Online in 2008

In 2008, consumers spent $142 billion online on retail goods in the U.S. However, consumers are not only purchasing books, computers, and clothing online. They are also purchasing an increasing number of services online (i.e. air travel, lodging, and stock brokerage services). For example, 23 percent of all consumers spending on travel arrangements and reservations […]

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E-Commerce I: Online Retail Sales in 2009

In 2009, consumers purchased $143 billion in retail goods online from U.S. businesses. That compares to $27 billion in online retail in 2000. Online retail sales include purchases from online only retailers like Amazon and traditional retail companies like Barnes and Nobel and Best Buy that also sell online. What percentage of total retail sales […]

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Are both Mom and Dad working?

According to the most recent U.S. Census data, 40,389 Dane County households (21.5 percent of all households in the county) include a husband, wife and at least one child under the age of eighteen. In what percentage of those households are both mom and dad employed? A. About half B. 65 percent C. 77 percent […]

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Where local workers live

In 2008, there were 197,282 full- and part-time jobs in the city of Madison. How many of those jobs were filled by people living outside the city? A. Almost 50,000 B. 75,000 C. 100,000 D. Over 100,000

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