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Statistical Abstract of the US

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The 2011 Statistical Abstract of the United States was released yesterday by the Census Bureau.  This 130th edition of our government’s best-selling reference book, first published in 1878,

is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It is also designed to serve as a guide to other statistical publications and sources. . .

The Bureau’s press release explains that the 130th edition contains:

1,407 tables of social, political and economic facts that collectively describe the state of our nation and the world. Included this year are 65 new tables, covering topics such as insufficient rest or sleep, nursing home occupancy, homeschooling, earthquakes, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions, organic farmland, honey bee colonies, crashes involving distracted drivers and cities with the highest transit savings.

Most of the statistic tables represent national-level data, with some presenting state and local information.

This year, the report highlights:

Carolina in My Mind

  • Among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas in 2009, Raleigh-Cary, N.C., had the highest rate of population increase between 2000 and 2009, with its population climbing 41 percent. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., with a 38 percent increase, followed. (Table 21).

Heading to the Polls

  • In the 2008 presidential election, 58 percent of the voting-age population nationwide reported casting a ballot. In a couple of states along our border with Canada — Minnesota and Maine — the rate topped 70 percent. (Table 417).

The Trek to Work

  • Nationally, 76 percent of workers 16 and older drove alone to work in 2008, with 11 percent carpooling and 5 percent using public transportation. In New York, however, the distribution was far different: 54 percent drove solo, with 27 percent utilizing public transportation and 8 percent carpooling. (Table 1099).

Young and Old Countries

  • Of all the countries with total populations of 13 million or more in 2010, Uganda and Niger had the highest percentage of population younger than 15 years old (about 50.0 percent), followed by Mali (47.5 percent) and Zambia (46.7 percent). Conversely, Japan had the highest percentage of population 65 and older (22.6 percent), followed by Germany with 20.4 percent, and Italy with 20.3 percent. In comparison, 20.1 percent of the U.S. population was younger than 15 and 13.0 percent was 65 or older. (Table 1333)

    Our students have a wealth of cross-curricular content here from which to conduct thoughtful research.

    Here’s a peek at the Table of Contents.

  • Of all the countries with total populations of 13 million or more in 2010, Uganda and Niger had the highest percentage of population younger than 15 years old (about 50.0 percent), followed by Mali (47.5 percent) and Zambia (46.7 percent). Conversely, Japan had the highest percentage of population 65 and older (22.6 percent), followed by Germany with 20.4 percent, and Italy with 20.3 percent. In comparison, 20.1 percent of the U.S. population was younger than 15 and 13.0 percent was 65 or older. (Table 1333).
  • Every edition of the Statistical Abstract, dating back to 1878, is available in PDF or zip files on the Census Bureau’s website.  Share this link with all your teachers!

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