Archive for February, 2014
Between 2008 and 2014, an additional 15% of Americans view themselves as lower class, with 6% falling from upper to middle and another 8% dropping below middle.
Taxes make up about the same amount of GDP as they did in the 1970’s. Although the amount fluctuated over the past forty years, following boom and bust cycles of the economy, the percentage is nearly the same.
This chart, which maps civil unrest to food prices, shows that the higher food prices go, the more likely, and more frequent, civil unrest becomes.
The US employs significantly more guards than comparable countries.
–from The New York Times
Marriage rates are decreasing globally, but increasing in China and Russia. Americans have a very high divorce rate, as well as a comparatively short marriage length, at about eight years.
–from The Economist
Though the income for the top 1% have remained comparatively flat, the incomes for the top .1% and .01% of Americans have launched, keeping a steady pace with stock market gains.
–from The Atlantic
This chart shows the percentage of people, by age, who eat pizza on any given day. Over a quarter of boys age 6-19 eat pizza every day. This culinary love affair winds down beginning at age 20, and declining to 6% over age 60.
–from The USDA and The Atlantic