STATS USA

More than 330 million people live in the United States (link)

Who are these people, over whom our next President will preside? Consider this random, though vetted, assortment of statistics about our country. (Note: * indicates that I adjusted a statistic by one percent—never more—for consistency in this listicle.)

1% of us controls 29% of our nation’s wealth: over $25 trillion (link)

2% of us live in some form of public housing (link)

3% of us are undocumented (link)

4% of the entire world’s population lives in the United States (link)

5% of us worked from home before the pandemic (link)

6% of planet’s land area is within the United States (link)

7% of us are either agnostic or atheist (link)

8% of adults are officially unemployed (link)

9% of us over the age of 12 have used an illicit drug in the past month (link)

10% of us never use the Internet (link)

11% of us, among LGBT, are married (link) *

12% of us live beneath the poverty line (link)

13% of American adults hold Master’s, Doctorate’s or other advanced degrees (link)

14% of Americans smoke cigarettes (link)

15% of us pay more than 50% of our income for housing (link)

16% of us take three or more prescription drugs every day (link) *

17% of American workers are employed by local, state, or federal government (link)

18% of children aged 25-34 live with their parents (link)

19% of the world’s oil is produced in the United States (link)

20% of us live in multi-generational households (link)

21% of Americans are covered by Medicaid (link)

22% of us attend church every week (link) *

23% of us get the CDC suggested level of exercise (link)

24% of the world’s total energy is consumed in the United States (link)

25% of American households own a cat (link)

26% of us are enrolled in some form of school (link)

27% of American adults live alone (link) *

28% of workers use all of our vacation time; the rest of us leave some on the table (link)

29% of us never attend church (link)

30% of the world’s wealth is controlled by Americans (link)

31% of us die at home—a sharp increase over the past generation (link)

32% of our children live in single-parent households (link)

33% of registered voters are Democrats; 29% are Republican, 34% are independent (link)

34% of American adults hold a college degree (link)

35% of us shopped on Black Friday last year (link) *

36% of American workers have not taken a vacation in the past two years (link)

37% of us are prime working age 18-44. (16% are over 65, 24% are under 18) (link)

38% of American households own a dog (link)

39% of us live within fifty miles of an ocean (link)

40% of us are working from home during the pandemic (link)

41% of us have a friend or relative who identifies as LGBT (link)

42% of American adults are obese (link)

43% of us live in a household with a gun (link)

44% of us are considered ‘low wage earners’ with median annual income of $17,950 (link)

45% of us eat out at least once a week (link)

46% of us, among Black males, are arrested before age 23 (link)

47% of our families have only one child (link)

48% of American adults have heart disease (link)

49% of American adults are married (half of those will get divorced) (link) *

50% of Americans control a mere 2% of our nation’s wealth (link)

51% of us subscribe to Netflix (link)

52% of American adults have smoked marijuana (link)

53% of adult Americans have a job (link)

54% of us skip breakfast at least once a week (link) *

55% of us do not know how to swim (link) *

56% of us own stock (link) *

57% of us are NFL fans (link)

58% of us have less than $1000 in savings (link)

59% of us enjoyed Coca-Cola during the last month (link)

60% of everything we buy is made overseas (link)

61% of us take a summer vacation (link) *

62% of American households subscribe to Amazon Prime (link)

63% of us drink alcohol (link) Cheers!

64% of us have never traveled outside the United States (link)

65% of American adults own their home (link)

66% of American adults use at least one prescription drug (link)

67% of eligible Americans are registered to vote (link)

68% of Americans do not have a will (link)

69% of us have sex by the time we are nineteen. (link)

70% of us consider ourselves Christian (link)

71% of Americans are financially struggling, or worse (link)

72% of Americans with college degrees get a full night’s sleep; the amount of sleep decreases according to level of education (link)

73% of Americans access You Tube, more than Facebook (69%) or Twitter (22%) (link)

74% of us have read a book in the past year (link)

75% of us wake to an alarm clock, and 57% of those hit snooze at least once (link)

76% of Americans own some kind of pet (link)

77% of American households put up a Christmas tree (82% of them are artificial) (link)

78% of us speak English as our primary language (link)

79% of us work in service industries (20% manufacturing, 1% agriculture) (link)

80% of American households own a washing machine (link)

81% is the proportion of a man’s wages that a woman earns to do the same job (link)

82% of us eat chocolate on a regular basis (link)

83% of us live in urban areas (link)

84% of American adults have a high school degree (link)

85% of us, among adult women, bear a child during our life (link) *

86% of us have Internet access in our homes (link)

87% of us have air conditioning (link)

88% of us have flown in an airplane (link)

89% of us get our news online (link)

90% of us eat ice cream (link)

91% of us do not get the CDC recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day (link)

92% of us have health insurance (link)

93% of us have never served in the military (link)

94% of Americans have access to a car (link) *

95% of us have some form of bank account (link)

96% of us own a cellphone (link)

97% of us eat meat (link)

98% of Americans have had sex before age 44; 95% of us do it before marriage (link) *

99% of us have indoor plumbing (link)

100% of us deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and equity.

About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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2 Responses to STATS USA

  1. Scott Stine says:

    As always, very interesting! Thank you.

  2. paulefallon says:

    I had fun putting this one together!

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