Keeping a New Year's resolution is difficult.

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According to a recent study it's even harder for Bridgeport people. Wallet Hub set out to find the cities that are most and least likely to hold firm to their resolution and this is what they found.

The Best Cities for Keeping a New Year's Resolution

1. Seattle, WA

2. San Francisco, CA

3. Scottsdale, AZ

4. Irvine, CA

5. San Diego, CA

The Worst Cities for Keeping a New Year's Resolution 

182 - Newark, NJ (That's 182 out of 182)

181 - Shreveport, LA

180 - Gulfport, MS

179 - Jackson, MS

178 - Augusta, GA

166 - Bridgeport, CT

134 - New Haven, CT 

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Source: WalletHub

What Does This Mean? 

Absolutely nothing. If you're from Bridgeport and want to keep your resolution, you will. People who are not going to keep them, know they won't deep down. If there is anything meaningful here, it is the stark contrast between the East Coast and the Left Coast. Look at the cities that keep their resolutions versus the ones that don't. It's good news for the West and bad news for the East, especially if you take into account how they reached these results.

To figure out which cities would and would not keep their resolutions, Wallet Hub considered the following factors:

  • Percentage of Obese Adults
  • Percentage of Adults Not Exercising
  • Median Annual Income - Bridgeport is the 5th lowest in America - 178. Bridgeport, CT
  • Median Credit Score
  • Percentage of Public Schools Rated by Greatschools.org for Having Above Average Rating
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Prevalence of Adult Binge Drinking
  • Percentage of Adult Smokers
  • Restaurants Per Capita
  • Parkland Acres Per Capita

All this study really did was underscore that Bridgeport is not good in the categories above, in an effort to forecast who is most likely to quit. But having the 5th lowest annual income in America is a lot worse than eating cheese when you said you would not.

Eating a bite of cheesy macaroni and cheese
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Look, if you don't have any money (me), you might as well eat the damn cheese. Good luck to all of us Connecticut folks, things are looking up already.

As a person who loves reading the results of studies, I love what Wallet Hub does. The data analysis is so specific and there is always a story to tell. It's not always a rosy one but there is plenty to examine when all is said and done.

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Wallet Hub Methodology 

They compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across five key dimensions: 1) Health Resolutions, 2) Financial Resolutions, 3) School & Work Resolutions, 4) Bad-Habit Resolutions and 5) Relationship Resolutions.

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