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Random Statistics About Americans and Life in America

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My first Masters degree was in experimental psychology so I certainly got my fill of statistics.  I even took a course called "Non-Parametric Statistics" which had only myself and one other student in attendance.  It was required for the degree and we were the only two that needed it.  Statistics can be very informative and they can be used to confuse and obfuscate.  These stats, however, are just for fun.

106,000 aluminum cans are used in the U.S every 30 seconds.
1.14 million paper bags are used in U.S supermarkets every hour.
60,000 plastic bags are used in the U.S every 5 seconds.

It's estimated that at any given time 7% of the population is drunk.

There are 153 million women in America and 147 million men.

America is approximately 80% White, 13% Black, and 15% Hispanic (exceeds 100% because of overlap).

66% of Americans are considered to be overweight.

The average U.S. citizen drinks the equivalent of more than 600 sodas each year.

Approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.

The United States puts a higher percentage of its population in prison than any other nation on earth does.

There are 313 million people living in the United States. 46 million of them are on food stamps.

47% of dogs in the United States sleep in a family member's bed (surprised it's that low!)

76% of American commuters drive to work alone.

On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds Big Mac bun.

13 people in the United States are killed each year by vending machine's falling on them.

Only 14% of Americans say they've skinny dipped with the opposite sex.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.

One third of the land in the United States is owned by the government.

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

erick99 posted Oct 16, 2012

Very interesting.

grandma5 (rep: 57.8k) posted Oct 16, 2012


Thanks for sharing. I love reading statistics. They are intriguing

lilywow (rep: 8.7k) posted Oct 18, 2012


Thank you for sharing. Roughly one in every 100 adults are behind bars. If those on parole or probation are included, one adult in 31 is under “correctional” supervision. :(

ashleydempsey (rep: 31.7k) posted Oct 25, 2012