Earlier today, New Bern Post had a story reporting that New Bern has among the lowest car insurance rates in the nation. It’s a good thing, because New Bern residents as a whole aren’t very good managing their money. A WalletHub study shows that New Bern is in the 20th percentile for money management. The lower the percentile score, the worst the money management. New Bern isn’t alone in poor money management in Eastern North Carolina. Greenville’s percentile is 22 percent. Kinston’s percentile ranking is 15 percent. Jacksonville’s percentile is 2 percent. Yes — 2 percent. Remember, low percentiles are bad and high percentiles areRead More →

With states opening up more but a full reopening only possible once most of the population has been vaccinated, the personal-finance website WalletHub on Tuesday released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions. To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings. Source: WalletHub North Carolina numbers Coronavirus Restrictions in North Carolina (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.): 16th – Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public 18th – State GuidanceRead More →

New Bern has some of the cheapest auto insurance in the United States, according to a recent report by Insurify on the state of the Auto Insurance Industry.  This report also identified the main regional factors that may result in lower insurance rates: Lower risk of extreme weather and crime rates Relatively lenient local laws and regulations Lower traffic congestion New Bern ranks 8th nationally with an average rate of $730. Asheville, Chapel Hill, and Statesville also made the Top 10 list. North Carolina dominates the Top 10 list, with four cities represented. Arizona has two cities, with four cities — California, Hawaii, Maine, andRead More →