Thursday, November 30, 2006

Interesting Stats on America

A few interesting stats on America that I have come across in the last few days.

7 million people or 1 in every 32 adults, were in the nation's prisons and jails or on probation or parole at the end of last year. 2.2 million inmates were held in state and federal prisons or county and municipal jails. 93% of all inmates were male.

Every three months, 7 million to 8 million U.S. jobs disappear and roughly an equal or greater number are created.

Nationally, 47 million people speak a foreign language and 21 million speak English less than "very well."

In 1951, the average American ate 50 percent more than the average European. Americans, controlled two-thirds of the world's productive capacity, owned 80 percent of the world's electrical goods, and produced more than 40 percent of its electricity, 60 percent of its oil and 66 percent of its steel. America's 5 percent of the world's population had more wealth than the other 95 percent, and Americans made almost all of what they consumed: 99.93 percent of new cars sold in this country in 1954 were U.S. brands.

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