While families around the nation are preparing for Thanksgiving this week, many are already planning for Christmas. The personal finance website WalletHub recently released its 2020 Holiday Budgets by City report as a guide to help shoppers stay on track during this holiday shopping season.

Jill Gonzalez is an analyst with WalletHub.

"We looked at 570 cities, Athens came in at 561st, so in the bottom ten numbers here, and a holiday budget on average is $375."

Jerry Craig

The U.S. Census reports eight of the 15 U.S. cities with the largest population gains between 2010 and 2019 were in the south. Athens is among the cities in the nation experiencing a population increase. The personal finance website WalletHub compared 515 U.S. cities to compile its list of 2020’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America.


Analyst Jill Gonzalez. 

Shields Gazette

Georgia ranks near the bottom when it comes to a recent list of Safest States for Schools to Reopen after closing during the COVID-19 pandemic. A study by the personal finance website WalletHub says the Peach State came in at number 40 on the list, just ahead of Florida and right after California. 

Analyst Jill Gonzalez says several factors were considered in determining the list. 



A recent study shows Georgia is among the states with the least amount of limitations in place during the pandemic. The personal finance website, WalletHub released its rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions. With 1 being the fewest and 50 the most; Georgia was number 10 on that list. 


Clarke County School District

Students are heading back to class in districts around the state, many virtually, some in-person, and others in some sort of hybrid combination. A recent study of 179 districts in the state by the finance website WalletHub, focused on Georgia’s Most and Least Equitable School Districts.  Analyst Jill Gonzalez explains. 

“When we’re talking about equity we’re not just talking about making things equal for people, we’re making sure people who need more help, can get it.” 

She says there are long-term benefits to increasing equity.