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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

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.

Social Explorer for Historical Maps

Looking for historical U.S. Census maps?  Try Social Explorer – a database product that helps to visually analyze and understand the demographics of the United States through the use of interactive maps and data reports.  Explore thousands of historical data maps, from the first US Census in 1790 to the present.

Census – Population Density, NYC Metro Area

1790, 1890, 1990

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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


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!

It’s Turkey Time

Did you know that Minnesota expects to raise about 47 million turkeys in 2010? That’s tops in the nation, followed by North Carolina (31.0 million), Arkansas (28.0 million), Missouri (17.5 million), Indiana (16.0 million) and Virginia (15.5 million). Those six states together will probably account for two-thirds of all the U.S. turkeys produced in 2010.

Fun facts like this one from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service and many others are available at the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features and Special Editions website right now, and come back for seconds later in the week for some more seasonal statistics on Black Friday.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

statabThe Statistical Abstract has been published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census since 1878 and is an excellent first stop for many statistical needs, since it covers a wide variety of topics and compiles data from government as well as non-governmental sources (including trade associations).  The Statistical Abstract has PDFs and Excel spreadsheets for download, making it easy to generate charts and graphs.  Also, earlier editions of the Statistical Abstract can be found by clicking on the tab for Earlier Editions. (Note that these are still in PDF format.)

Need just some quick facts on-the-go?  Try the U.S. Census Bureau’s QuickFacts for easy access to people, geography, and business data.