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Nick Wallace

Personal Finance Expert

Nick Wallace studied Economics at the University of Washington. He enjoys getting people thinking about finances by looking at the numbers. Nick is a freelance journalist and data analyst living in Michigan. He still lends his economic and analytic expertise for SmartAsset's studies.

Posts by Nick Wallace:

by Nick Wallace Oct 23, 2014

With Election Day rapidly approaching, millions of Americans are starting to get involved in the political process. For some, this means registering to vote, doing some research and hitting the ballot box on November 4th. For others, election season calls for a little more action: donating money to favorite candidates and volunteering at a campaign office are a few ways some choose to exercise their political rights. Of course, many Americans go the opposite route: in 2012, more than 35% of voting-eligible citizens didn’t fill out a ballot. Read more

by Nick Wallace Oct 27, 2014

With Halloween landing on a Friday, 2014 promises to be a banner year for trick-or-treaters. According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween related spending is expected to reach $7.4 billion, of which $2.2 billion will be spent on candy alone. That means there will be more shock-tarts, snickers bars, 3-musketeers and peanut M&Ms out there for the taking. So who’s going to bring home the biggest haul? We took a look at America’s largest 200 cities to find the best places to trick or treat. Read more

by Nick Wallace Sep 29, 2015

Minor League Baseball may be America’s best kept secret. While most casual sports fans can quickly name several Major League teams (Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers), the same probably cannot be said about their Minor League counterparts. Yet, as anyone who has ever caught a game at a Minor League ballpark can attest, Minor League Baseball fans are among the best in the world. Indeed: in 2013, Minor League Baseball (MiLB) ranked second in total attendance among all professional American sports leagues with 40 million fans attending games over the course of their season, well ahead of more celebrated leagues like the NBA and NFL. Read more

by Nick Wallace Oct 07, 2015

The capitals of America’s 50 states form a highly diverse collection of cities. There are metropolises like Phoenix and Boston, and small towns like Topeka and Salem. Each has its own unique culture… Read more

by Nick Wallace Mar 24, 2015

Some places stay with you long after you are gone. While they may not necessarily have the most pleasant weather or the best food, they’ve got something else, a certain indefinable quality that makes… Read more

by Nick Wallace Sep 17, 2014

By just about every conceivable measure, the NFL is America’s sport. It attracts more TV viewers (205 million in 2013, or 81% of all television homes) and makes more money (over $9 billion in revenue… Read more

by Nick Wallace Jan 02, 2015

The things that make a city good to live in are pretty different if you’re an adult or a kid. Children don’t care much about property tax rates, for example, but if there isn’t anything fun to do… Read more