Thursday, March 14, 2013
April 22, 2013 is the 43rd Earth Day. Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, here’s some stunning stats about how energy use and the environment in America.
In recognition of the 43rd Earth Day (April 22, 2013) and accompanying Earth Week (April 16-22), the U.S. Census Bureau released a series of statistics relating to energy and the environment on Tuesday. We've collected them and have them below. Fun fact: Earth Day was created by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 after the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill that dumped 100,000 barrels of crude into the Santa Barbara Channel off of California. The first Earth Day in 1970 led to the creation of the EPA and laws like the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts, and the day of recognition is still going strong. Here's that data: Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by wood in 2011, which is more than 2.0 percent …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Released Thursday, the five-year American Community Survey offers detailed demographic information on communities throughout the U.S.
The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released estimates from its American Community Survey, which provides local statistics for the combined years from 2007 to 2011 on everything from housing to employment to marital status in communities throughout the country. The numbers look promising for the City of Darien, with an estimated median household income of $72,246, compared to the Illinois average of $56,576; and a homeownership rate of more than 84 percent — topping the state average of 68.7 percent. On the employment front, of the population ages 16 years and older (18,220), about 60.8 percent of those individuals —11,084— are employed. Nearly 6,120, or about 33.6 percent, stated they are not in the labor force, and 1,016, or 5.6 percent, …
Monday, October 31, 2011
A bit of background on the centuries-old celebration, plus some facts and figures about the spookiest day of the year.
In modern-day America, we know it as the day of dress-up, tricks and treats. Halloween is the day when adults and kids alike get to play pretend, donning the silliest or scariest get-up they dare. And then, of course, there’s the candy. But the origins of the holiday have nothing to do with going door-to-door in search of something good to eat. According to history.com, Halloween dates back 2,000 year to ancient Ireland, the United Kingdom and France, where the Celts celebrated their new year on Nov. 1. The day marked the end of summer, which meant the harvest and the beginning of the cold, dark winter — the day when the Celts believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest. On Oct. 31, they …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Enjoy the fruits of your work with a much-needed break — and these fun facts about the federal holiday.
Monday is Labor Day, a federal holiday believed to have started with a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. So what is the day about? It’s about celebrating the nation’s workforce, which, according to the U.S. Census, numbered roughly 153.2 million people ages 16 and older as of this July. If you want to know more about the federal holiday (and great excuse for a three-day weekend), here’s a roundup of Labor Day statistics, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau. Employee benefits 84.7 percent: Percentage of full-time workers ages 18 to 64 covered by health insurance during all or part of 2009. Our jobs Americans’ jobs are as varied as we are. Here’s a sample of the common and not-so-common U.S. occupations: Job facts, …
Monday, July 4, 2011
U.S. Census Bureau offers a roundup of everything you ever wanted to know — and more — about Independence Day.
Monday, July 4, 2011
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country. Here are some fun facts and figures about the Fourth of July, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau. 2.5 million In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 311.7 million The nation's estimated population on this Fourth of July. Source: Population clock $3.2 million In 2010, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of…