January 03, 2017
Most people are unable to keep their New Year’s resolutions, but a recent study found that Philadelphians fare worse than others with the annual tradition.
WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked Philadelphia as the 10th-worst U.S. city in its list of "2017’s Best & Worst Cities for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions."
That's not a bad thing, it's just human nature. Clinical psychologist Joseph J. Luciani said that 80 percent of resolutions fail by Valentine's Day.
Researchers examined the 150 largest American cities across 48 factors, including adult obesity, income growth and employment outlook, to determine which locations helped people to keep their resolutions.
Residents of the City of Brotherly Love struggle to commit to resolutions involving improving education, finding better employment opportunities and ending bad habits. In particular, Philly had the third-worst rate of adult smoking and fifth-worst rank in the study's "Education and Employment" category.
Philly's highest success rate comes with weight loss resolutions. However, the city is still ranked in the bottom half of the list at No. 102.
Salt Lake City, Utah was named the best city for keeping New Year’s resolutions.
Check out the worst 10 cities, according to WalletHub, below:
1. Detroit, Michigan
2. Newark, New Jersey
3. Augusta, Georgia
4. Shreveport, Louisiana
5. Baltimore, Maryland
6. Jackson, Mississippi
7. North Las Vegas, Nevada
8. San Bernardino, California
9. Toledo, Ohio
10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania