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New Year's Eve, by the numbers

How do you plan on spending New Year's Eve?  A quiet celebration at home, or a raucous night on the town?  With December 31 fast approaching, the financial gurus at Wallethub crunched some numbers to see who's up to what on the big night. Here are their findings:

83% of Americans spend less than $200 on New Year's Eve celebrations. 

New York City was ranked the most expensive city in which to ring in the New Year, with the average cost for a couple to enjoy dinner and a show that night topping $1,160.

24% of Americans plan to celebrate New Year's Eve at home.

45% of Americans plan to celebrate New Year's Eve with family.

15% of Americans plan to attend a public event or go to parties.

$16.40 is the average hourly rate for a babysitter on New Year's Eve, which is 20% higher than any other time of the year.

3% of Americans don't plan to celebrate New Year's Eve at all.

48% of parents plan to count down the last 10 seconds of 2019 by 9:00 p.m., cheating the system to get their kids to bed earlier.

12% of Americans fall asleep before midnight on New Year's Eve.

54% of Americans plan to kiss someone at midnight.

61% of Americans say a prayer on New Year's Eve.

Travel

112.5 million plus people will travel at least 30 miles from home for a New Year's holiday. - 102.1 million New Year's Eve travelers will drive to their destination. - 6.7 million will fly. - 3.7 million will travel by other modes of transportation.

Times Square factoids

11,875 pounds = The weight of the Times Square ball.The ball debuted in 1907.The ball did not drop in 1942 and 1943 due to World War II light restrictions.198 million people in the US watch the ball drop on TV and 3.6 million watch it on webcasts.There are one billion television viewers worldwide watching the ball drop.1.5 tons of confetti fall on Times Square at midnight.An army of 300 sanitation workers are tasked with cleaning up 56 tons of trash after the crowds clear.

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