In Palo Alto, the typical Christmas budget is over $3G

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With 54 percent of merchants expecting increased holiday spending in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020 Holiday Budgets by City report.
To help consumers avoid post-holiday regret, WalletHub used several key metrics, such as income, age and savings-to-monthly expenses ratio, to estimate the maximum spending amounts for consumers in each of 570 U.S. cities.

Only two New England cities, both in Massachusetts, made the top 30: Cambridge and Newton.

The following are some highlights from the report:

Cities with the Biggest Holiday Budgets
1. Palo Alto, CA ($3,056) 11. Fremont, CA ($2,684)
2. Flower Mound, TX ($2,973) 12. Santa Clara, CA ($2,673)
3. Naperville, IL ($2,867) 13. Milpitas, CA ($2,610)
4. Sunnyvale, CA ($2,829) 14. Centreville, VA ($2,502)
5. Newton, MA ($2,768) 15. League City, TX ($2,501)
6. The Woodlands, TX ($2,729) 16. Bellevue, WA ($2,488)
7. Sugar Land, TX ($2,728) 17. Mount Pleasant, SC ($2,452)
8. San Mateo, CA ($2,722) 18. Ellicott City, MD ($2,430)
9. Mountain View, CA ($2,704) 19. Cambridge, MA ($2,414)
10. Weston, FL ($2,698) 20. Carmel, IN ($2,408)

Key Stats

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, has the lowest debt-to-income ratio, 16.16 percent, which is 4.1 times lower than in Hesperia, California, the city with the highest at 65.80 percent.
  • Palo Alto, California, has the lowest expenses-to-income ratio, 57.90 percent, which is 1.7 times lower than in Albany, Georgia, the city with the highest at 99.21 percent.
  • Hoover, Alabama, has the highest savings-to-monthly expenses ratio, 203.78 percent, which is 2.2 times higher than in Hawthorne, California, the city with the lowest at 93.84 percent.

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