AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 62% of Americans are losing sleep over at least one financial problem, according to a new CreditCards.com report. That's down from 69% in 2009 but up from 56% in 2007.
What people are worried about:
- The most common money worry is saving enough for retirement; two in five Americans say this keeps them up at night at least occasionally. People between the ages of 50 and 64 are the most concerned (50% said they fret about their retirement savings – or lack thereof – in the wee hours).
- The second-biggest concern is educational expenses. This time, it's younger adults who are the most troubled. 50% of 18-29 year-olds are losing sleep worrying about how they're going to pay for educational expenses (much higher than the 31% of the overall population who have this fear).
- 29% of Americans are losing sleep because of healthcare/insurance bills, 27% because of their ability to pay the monthly mortgage/rent and 21% because of credit card debt.
"The biggest change over the past eight years has been the steady increase in the number of people losing sleep over educational expenses," said Matt Schulz, CreditCards.com's senior industry analyst. "That's the only one of the five categories that has gotten worse since the Great Recession. Unless something slows the rapid rise in college costs, this could soon be Americans' biggest financial fear."
People are sleeping better as age and household income increase:
- Less than half of those who are 65 and older are losing sleep over at least one of these financial topics (46%), versus 67% of people between the ages of 18 and 64.
- And whereas 69% of those with annual household income below $75,000 are losing sleep over at least one of these issues, that applies to just 51% of those with annual household income of $75,000 or more.
The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) and can be seen in its entirety here:
PSRAI obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults living in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted by landline (500) and cell phone (500, including 319 without a landline phone) in English and Spanish by Princeton Data Source from May 28-31, 2015. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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