Posts Tagged ‘America’

Nearly 40% of Americans Now Hold a Passport

February 20, 2015



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.


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%.


The World Cup of Everything (Except Soccer)

June 12, 2014


This interactive visualization at the Wall Street Journal shows who “wins” in a variety of variable match-ups from having the highest murder rate to eating the most beans. Population is shown above.

–From The Wall Street Journal

Centenarians Happy to Live Long, Enjoyed Their 30’s Most

May 7, 2014



Centenarians, when not conflicted, enjoyed their 30’s most out of their lifespan and the vast majority are now widowed. Around 7% of 100+ year-olds never married.


–From The Washington Post

The US Was Once an Emerging Market

April 29, 2014

Before 1870, the US was an emerging market and emerged quickly and enormously in the fifty years after, as China and India waned in GDP.

–from Above the Market

US Demographics Shifting from Age Pyramid to Rectangle

April 15, 2014

US Pop 1950US Pop 2060

Between now and 2060, the progression towards a demographic “rectangle,” rather than the traditional triangle shown in 1950, will have taken shape. These are part of an extensive and insightful Pew Research project about shifting US age and race demography.

–from Pew Research

US is World’s Biggest Petroleum Producer

March 3, 2014

Since the US developed and deployed shale petroleum extraction techniques in 2009, America has become the world’s largest petroleum producer. The US has surpassed Saudia Arabia as well as a combined Europe, South America, and Central America.

–from AEIdeas

US Senate Polarizing

December 11, 2013

Over time, the US Senate is becoming increasingly polarized based on voting records. There are many fewer bipartisan bills coming out, and only the smallest fraction of senators now fit in the “middle.”

–from The Economist
(Hi-res images available here)

Americans Feel US Power in Decline

December 5, 2013

According to the latest Pew polling, 53% of Americans feel the US is less important and powerful than it was 10 years ago. This is 12% higher than 2009 and more than doubled compared to 2004.

–from Pew Research

America’s Soda Consumption is a Global Outlier

September 13, 2013

In general, the richer a nation, the more soda|pop it drinks. America’s consumption is extreme: more than twenty liters per person higher than then second-highest country, and more than sixty liters per person higher than Canada.

from Business Insider