Fun facts about the citizens of the United States

by | Jan 13, 2010 04:15 PM ET

This article if filled with some fascinating statistics about the citizens of the United States that have been extracted from Statistical Abstract of the United States:

The numbers behind Americans' everyday lives

I'm an avid fan of the Stat Abstract, published annually by the Census Bureau, because it tells so much so quickly. The just-out 2010 edition bulges with information. For me, the Stat Abstract is often the place to start a story, because it substitutes evidence for speculation. How do we compare with other countries? Sometimes favorably; sometimes not.

For example:

- "about 34 percent of U.S. adults were judged obese"

- About 1 out of every 10,000 people commits suicide each year.

- Only 5% of Americans use public transportation to get to work, while three quarters of Americans drive to work alone.

- "From 1993 to 2007, murders dropped from 25,000 to 17,000 and robberies from 660,000 to 445,000. Crime rates per 100,000 declined more, because the population rose 16 percent over the same period."

- "By 2050, the U.S. population is projected at almost 440 million, up from 304 million in 2008."

Another source of summary info is this page:

The world factbook: United States

- Labor force: "154.3 million (includes unemployed)", or roughly half of the population

- Age structure:

0-14 years: 20.2% (male 31,639,127/female 30,305,704)

15-64 years: 67% (male 102,665,043/female 103,129,321)

65 years and over: 12.8% (male 16,901,232/female 22,571,696) (2009 est.)

- 8.38 people per 1,000 die per year.

- Life expectency of males: 75.65, females: 80.69

- 82% of Americans live in urban areas.

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