Thursday, March 14, 2013
April 22, 2013 is the 43rd Earth Day. Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, here’s some stunning stats about how energy use and the environment in America.
In recognition of the 43rd Earth Day (April 22, 2013) and accompanying Earth Week (April 16-22), the U.S. Census Bureau released a series of statistics relating to energy and the environment on Tuesday. We've collected them and have them below. Fun fact: Earth Day was created by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 after the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill that dumped 100,000 barrels of crude into the Santa Barbara Channel off of California. The first Earth Day in 1970 led to the creation of the EPA and laws like the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts, and the day of recognition is still going strong. Here's that data: Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by wood in 2011, which is more than 2.0 percent …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Eye-opening statistics that will make you think twice before heading for the garbage can.
Earth Day was celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970. In that inaugural year, 20 million people participated in the United States. Today, it is projected that more then 1 billion people in 180 countries will celebrate Earth Day.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Check out these interesting fun facts and trivia about 2013 New Year's Eve.
If you're celebrating New Year's Eve this year and find a lull in the conversation, impress your family and friends with this New Year's trivia.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The five-year American Community Survey also offers details on eduction, age and ethnicity of city residents.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released estimates from its American Community Survey, which provides local statistics for the combined years from 2007 to 2011 on everything from housing to employment to marital status in communities throughout the country. The numbers for Romeoville are interesting. For example, the estimated median household income is $66,859, which is higher than the Illinois average of $56,576. Romeoville has a homeownership rate of 87.6 percent — topping the state average of 68.7 percent. The five-year estimates are based on interviews with almost 2 million housing units nationwide from 2007 through 2011. By pooling several years of survey responses, the American Community Survey generates detailed statistical portraits …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
From the number of total veterans to a brief history of the holiday itself, the U.S Census Bureau provides a data-driven look at Veterans Day.
In honor of Veterans Day, the U.S. Census Bureau compiled a slew of facts and information about the holiday, beginning with how the day was established. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (The numbers for blacks, Asians, …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
There were HOW many trick-or-treaters in the U.S. last year? Scroll through our roundup of trivia about the haunted holiday.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Over the years, Halloween customs have changed dramatically. Today, Halloween is celebrated many different ways, including wearing costumes, children trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, and going to haunted houses and parties. Here are some frighteningly fun facts and figures about the pagan tradition turned modern celebration. The Land of Lincoln is actually the pumpkin capital of the world, according to state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), producing mroe than 90 percent of the nation's pumpkins. But most of Illinois' pumpkins don't wind up as jack-o-lanterns — the vast majority are canned at the …