Census & Statistics
Why Women Still Make Less than Men
Despite a sense of continued progress toward gender equality in the workplace, the federal government has confirmed that the workplace earnings gap between men and women still persists today.
'National Map' Illustrates Urban Growth in U.S.
A new publication from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), "Urban Growth in American Cities," provides a measured, scientific view of urbanization in 16 metropolitan areas by describing spatial changes in landscape characteristics, the driving forces of urbanization and the potential consequences and challenges of continued growth.
Bad Driving Kills Over 1 Million a Year Worldwide
More than a million people worldwide die each year in traffic crashes. In the U.S. the yearly toll is nearly 44,000, with related medical costs exceeding $21 billion. For first time in its history, the World Health Organization (WHO) is joining with U.S. Centers for Disease Control to highlight this preventable carnage.
World's Population Tops 6.2 Billion: Census
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the world's population topped 6.2 billion in 2002 -- a net increase of about 200,000 people a day. However, the rate of population increase continues to drop steadily, say analysts.
Census Reports on Children and Where They Live
According to the U.S. Census, among cities with at least 100,000 people, children living in Naperville, Ill. have the best chance of living the "American dream."
Adults, Older People and Children: Latest Estimates
How many of us are there and where do we live? Nationally, there were 217.8 million people age 18 and over; 35.9 million people age 65 and over; and 53.3 million children ages 5 to 17 as of July 1, 2003, according to estimates just released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
African Americans Defy Declining Voter Turnout Trend
African Americans were the only race or ethnic group to defy the trend of declining voter participation in congressional elections, according to data from the 1998 elections by the Census Bureau.
US Teens Adopting Anti-marijuana Attitude
American teens are adopting an increasingly anti-marijuana attitude, according to new findings from the 2003 Teens Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
Cellular, Wireless Revenues Up 17 Percent
Revenues of cellular and other wireless telecommunications firms, both employers and nonemployers, increased 17 percent in 2002 from $78 billion in 2001 to $91 billion, according to the the U.S. Census Bureau.
92 Year-Old Bank Robber Gets 12 Year Sentence
A 92 year-old Texas man has been sentenced to 151 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he robbed the First American Bank in Abilene, Texas, on August 12, 2003.
Census Projects US Population of 292 Million by Jan. 1, 2004
onsidering births, deaths and immigration, the United States grows by one new person every 12 seconds, according to Census Bureau analysts, who are now predicting a total U.S. population of 292,287,454 by Jan. 1, 2004.
How to Access Declassified CIA Documents
Since 1995, some 27 million pages of formerly sensitive CIA documents have been declassified and made available to the public. The documents chronicle major CIA programs such as the U-2 airborne system development and deployment, including records of the National Photographic Interpretation Center. The documents are stored at the National Archives, and here is how to access or request them.
Number of Executions in U.S. Increases
Thirteen states carried out 71 executions in 2002, five more than in 2001, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Texas led all other states with 33 executions in 2002, followed by Oklahoma (7), Missouri (6), and Georgia and Virginia (4 each).
Patent Office Suffers 'Shock and Awe' Attack
Just seven months after "Shock and Awe" blasted its way in to the American lexicon, the U.S. Patent Office reports being besieged by applications to register the phrase for use in product names and advertising. Along with golf clubs and video games, on application attached "Shock and Awe" to "infant action crib toys."
Halloween 2003: By the Numbers
Don't be scared. These are just some interesting Halloween-related statistics compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. Why did the census folks compile these numbers? I guess they were just "afraid" you might ask.
Nearly 1-in-5 Americans Speak Foreign Language at Home
Nearly 47 million people -- about 1-in-5 U.S. residents -- age 5 and older, reported regularly speaking a foreign language at home in 2000, according to the Census Bureau. The figures represented an increase of 15 million people since the 1990 census.
U.S. Foreign-Born Population Hits 33 Million
The foreign-born population of the United States exceeded 33 million in 2002, slightly more than the entire population of Canada, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest American Community Survey (ACS).
1 Out Of 32 Americans Under Correctional Supervision
While 1 out of every 142 Americans is now actually in prison, 1 out of every 32 of us is either in prison or on parole from prison, according to yet another report on Americans behaving badly from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.[
U.S. Has More Cars Than Drivers
For the first time in the nation's history, the average American household owns more cars than drivers for them, according to a new report from the Department of Transportation.
Adoption Alive and Well In America: Census
About 2.1 million adopted children under age 18 now live in American households, many of them with families who tend to be better off economically than those of biological children, according to a first-ever nationwide adoption profile by the Census Bureau.
Go East, Young Man!
Could be the weather, or the prospect of having Arnold Schwarzenegger as the state's "Governator," but for some reason, the once booming state of California is losing many of its residents to nearby Nevada and Arizona.
Women of Color Making Gains in US Workforce
Women of color now comprise 14.5 percent of the American workforce, according to a new study from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
U.S. Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low
The U.S. birth rate has dropped to the lowest level since national data have been available, according to statistics just released by the Centers for Disease Control.
Here's to You, Mr. Mom
In honor of Father's Day, some more up-to-date facts about American dads from the Census Bureau.
Social Security Reports Top Baby Names for 2002
The Social Security Administration announces the top names for baby boys and girls during 2002.
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