Statistical Snapshots Worth Noting

Sam Rainer

January 21, 2010

Stats are like still photographs—they reveal something about a specific place and time. One of the greatest sources for stats in the United States is the Statistical Abstract, published annually. It’s been around a long time (since 1878), and it is often used as a gauge for other national studies. Robert J. Samuelson recently reported on the just-released 2010 abstract. Here are some interesting tidbits about our culture as it stands today:

  • 76% of Americans drive to work alone.  Only 10% carpool, and 5% use public transportation, while 3% percent walk to work. On average, Americans spend 25 minutes commuting each way (I once was above average here, now I’m glad to be well below average. Living in a small town has its advantages).
  • Smoking has declined from 25% of adults in 1990 to 20%.
  • Five-year survival rates for cancer are up. The percentage of people voting is also up—the 57% turnout in 2008 was the highest since 1968.
  • Garbage per person has remained constant—it was 4.5 pounds per day in 1990, and it is now 4.6 pounds per day.
  • Almost two-fifths of all U.S. births were to unmarried women, double the amount in 1980.
  • The share of children under the federal poverty line has not changed in 1980.
  • Nearly one-quarter of elementary and high school students are immigrants or have immigrant parents.

3 comments on “Statistical Snapshots Worth Noting”

  1. cterry says:

    Hey Sam, nice article. I just wrote the following post about the lack of a comprehensive list of scholars and pastors who are supporters (would recommend) of the HCSB. It has bothered me long enough that I am hoping that some of us who are HCSB supporters can help to reconcile this problem. The goal is to have HCSB supporters get the word out to everyone they know and create a statement (one paragraph) about why they support/recommend the HCSB. I am hoping that there will finally be a list to answer the ESV list. It is not a competition but I believe the HCSB translation deserves a more comprehensive list of supporters. Check out my post and get back to me if you will. I am hoping that you could be a partner in the effort. thanks

  2. Sam Rainer says:

    Thanks cterry. I’ll drop by and leave a comment.

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