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Ring in the New Year with Facts for Features

Happy New Year!According to the Census Bureau's Population Estimates, the United States projected population will be more than 315 million.  We'll definitely need a few extra glasses!  Enjoy these and other Facts for Features & Special Editions at the U.S. Census website.

Happy New Year from the Journalism Library!

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates
<http://www.census.gov/population/projections/data/national/2008/summarytables.html>.

Thanksgiving Facts for Features

Some quick Facts for Features on Thanksgiving culinary delights!

  • 2.7 billion pounds = the total weight of sweet potatoes produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2011
  • 1.1 billion pounds = the total production of pumpkins in the major pumpkin-producing states in 2011
  • 254 million = the number of turkeys expected to be raised in the United States in 2012, up 2% from the number raised during 2011 (where did all the vegetarians go?)

Find these and other holiday statistics with cited sources at the U.S. Census Bureau's Newsroom, Facts for Features & Special Editions page – one of the census projects designed for journalists.  This collection of statistics from demographic and economic subject areas provides information, background, and source citing for topics in the news.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Cinco de Mayo Facts for Features

Did you know:

  • $31.8 million = the number of U.S. residents of Mexican origin, according to the 2010 Census. These residents accounted for about three-quarters (63 percent) of the 50.5 million Hispanics and increased 54 percent, growing from 20.6 million in 2000 to 31.8 million in 2010. (The Hispanic Population: 2010 <http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-04.pdf>)
  • $39,264 = median family income in 2010 for households with a householder of Mexican origin. For the population as a whole, the corresponding amount was $60,609. (2010 American Community Survey <http://factfinder2.census.gov> table S0201)
  • $48.9 million = product shipment value of frozen enchiladas produced in the United States in 2002. Frozen tortilla shipments were valued even higher at $156 million.  (2002 Economic Census <http://www.census.gov/econ/census02/guide/INDRPT31.HTM>)

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, check out these and other interesting statistics from Facts for Features & Special Editions from the U.S. Census for your seasonal research needs.

Thanksgiving Day – Facts for Features

turkeyDid you know?

  • the forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2011 has Wisconsin in the lead with 430 million pounds
  • the retail cost per pound of a frozen whole turkey in December 2010 was $1.38
  • there are 15 townships and places in the U.S. with Turkey in the name

Find these and other holiday statistics with cited sources at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Newsroom, Facts for Features & Special Editions page – one of the census projects designed for journalists.  This collection of statistics from demographic and economic subject areas provides information, background, and source citing for topics in the news.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Statistical Treats for a Happy Halloween!

Happy HalloweenDid you know?

  • 1.1 billion total pounds of pumpkin were grown in the U.S. in 2010 
  • there are an estimated 41 million potential trick-or-treaters in the U.S., ages 5-14
  • California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 135

Find these and other fun holiday statistics at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Newsroom, Facts for Features & Special Editions page – one of the census projects designed for journalists.  This collection of statistics from demographic and economic subject areas provides information, background, and source citing for topics in the news.  Happy Halloween!

Labor Day Stats

commuterDid you know:

  • the first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City?
  • the mean travel time to work for New Yorkers is 39.2 minutes?
  • there are currently 153.2 million people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force?

Find these and other interesting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features & Special Editions!

 

Back to School Stats

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Did you know:

  • the average number of children participating each month in the National School Lunch Program in 2009 was 31.3 million
  • the number of classroom computers in the nation’s schools in 2005-2006 was 14.2 million (or one computer for every four students)?  
  • the per-pupil expenditure on public elementary and secondary education nationally in 2009 was $10,499, and in New York $18,126 per-pupil, the most among all states?
  • the average tuition, room and board at the nation’s four-year private colleges and universities for one academic year (2008-09) was $40,633, more than double the cost in 1990?

Find these and other interesting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features & Special Editions!

Black Friday

In honor of the arrival of Black Friday, here’s a few interesting facts about the wonderful world of holiday shopping:

  • U.S. department stores hauled in $27.4 billion in December 2009, representing a 45 percent increase from the previous month. No other 2009 month-to-month increase in department store sales was greater.
  • Fourteen percent of all department store sales last year came during the month of December.
  • U.S. department store inventories increased by 21 percent from August 31, 2009 to November 30, 2009. Thanks to holiday shoppers, inventories plummeted by 23 percent in December.

These statistics and more can be found at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Service Sector Statistics website, and more newsworthy facts and numbers about the holiday season can be found over the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features and Special Editions website. Happy holidays!