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Income and Children in London

April 7, 2015

London has highly concentrated wealth in its central boroughs, with average incomes in Kensington and Chelsea and the City of London at £137,000 and £117,000, respectively. Barking and Dagenham has the lowest average income: £22,800. Income in London is highly, inversely correlated with the number of children per adult. Barking and Dagenham has almost twice the number of children per adult (.33) compared to Kensington and Chelsea (.17). While the idea that wealthier families have fewer children has been extensively studied, the scale of difference here is quite striking.

–Source: 2011 UK Census
–Created by: Staff at Webster Pacific

 

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Nearly 40% of Americans Now Hold a Passport

February 20, 2015

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Since 1989, the percentage of Americans has increased from 3% to 38% today. In addition, around 14,000,000 passports were issued in 2014, compared to less than 4,000,000 in 1989.

–from dadaviz.com

Western Middle Classes Have Stagnating Incomes Compared to Emerging Markets

January 5, 2015

This chart shows the growth of real income growth (y axis) against percentile of global income distribution. While the middle classes of emerging markets have seen enormous gains in the past generation, Western middle class incomes, including the US, have significantly stagnated in comparison.

–from the New York Times

Median American Household Lost 40% of Wealth since 2007

December 16, 2014

Americans have 40% less net worth than before the recession, dropping from a median $135,700 in 2007 to $81,400. White households lost 26% of their net worth. Black households fared much worse, with their median net worth dropping 43%, while the median Hispanic-American household’s worth dropped 42%.

–from MarketWatch.com

Young Amercians Want Taxes Spent on Education, Older Americans Want Social Security

October 29, 2014

Young Americans are very interested in educational spending compared to older Americans, at 24% and 5%, respectively. Job creation spending is of even, and high, interest across all working-age Americans.

–from RandalOlson.com

Sunday Has Overtaken Tuesday as the Cheapest Day to Purchase Plane Tickets

October 24, 2014

 

Upending the conventional wisdom on ticket buying, Sunday is now the cheapest day to purchase plane tickets, with an average of $432, compared to Tuesday’s $497. Tuesdays still have the most frequent price drops, although their average is higher.

–from The Wall Street Journal 

The Wealthiest US High School Dropouts Make Similar Money to Poor College Graduates

October 20, 2014

 

Wealthy high school graduates make similar incomes to poor college graduates. Nearly the same amount of rich dropouts stay in the top income quintile as poor graduates stay in the bottom (14% vs. 16%). Cumulative advantage (or disadvantage) is still noticeably present for the wealthy, even those who academically strive the least.

–from The Washington Post

Leading Causes of Death, Compared

October 13, 2014

These circles represent the major causes of death in England with the circle size corresponding to the number of people. Click through for an interactive version.

–from the UK’s National Health Service

Chickens Today Are More Than Four Times Larger Than in the 1950’s

October 8, 2014

When being fed the same diet, today’s chickens grow to over 4,000 grams, compared to 905 grams for a chicken common to the 1950’s. This is highly correlated to an increase in chicken consumption over the same period, which became more popular than pork in the 1990’s and is nearly as popular as beef today.

–from Vox.com

Much of the US Southwest Still in Drought Conditions

October 6, 2014

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Much of the US has been in a serious drought for the past few years. Although it is indeed severe in California, the intensity of this drought is not yet as serious as the famed dust bowl of the 1930’s. Click through for interactive maps and an extensive history of American droughts.

–from The New York Times


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