America’s Census: The Numbers

Remember that census form you filled out last year? Some of the findings from the annual profile of the U.S. were published last week by the Census Bureau. The New York Times created a fascinating graphic sampling of select statistics. These numbers paint a portrait of the country that can help define where we are, and where we need to go in 2011. Here’s a snippet of interesting facts:


Meat: We ate less red meat: 108.3 lbs. per person in 2008 – down 5.4 lbs. since 2000.

Vegetables: We’re eating fewer veggies: 392.7 lbs person – down more than 30 lbs.

Wine: We’re drinking more wine: 2.5 gallons per person – up from 2.0 gallons in 200.


Marriage: The marriage rate is at the lowest since 1970. 7.3 per 1,000 people – down from 10.6 per 1,00 people.

Divorce: Divorce rate is similar to 1970 levels at 3.6 per 1,000 people

Births: A record 41% of all live births were to unmarried women – up 22% points since 1980.

Land Use

Farmland: There were 4.8 million acres of organic farmland in 2008 – a 170% increase since 2000.

Development: The proportion of developed land reached a new high 5.6% of all land in the continental U.S.


Prescription Drugs: The number of pharmacies increased: 42,300 in 2007 – up 500 from the year before.

Sleep: In 2008, 26% of men and 30% of women had 14 or more days a month where they didn’t get enough sleep.


There were 400 fewer bookstores: 10,600 in total.

Twice as many young adults bowl as ride bicycles.

Here’s a seemingly unrelated, but fascinating fact:

Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Dakota have more pigs than people.

What do you think we can we learn from these findings as we head into 2011?

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Vanessa S.
Vanessa S.4 years ago

I think it is awesome that the consumption of red meat has went down. That is definitely a win for the environment, the health of the people that lowered their consumption, and the welfare of animals in factory farming situations. I was a little surprised to see that vegetable consumption has went down. A little disappointed too. That is definitely an area the I need to work on as well.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Very interesting. Thanks.

Chris Monahan
Chris Monahan4 years ago

Always interesting to learn more about us, even if it's only in generalities.

Novinha L.
.4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Mark H.
Mark H.4 years ago

TY.....more organic farms, but eating less veggies.....well, the latter will turn around, TG for the 1st!

Julie F.
Julie F.4 years ago

Really interesting, thanks for posting!

Anthony P.
Anthony P.4 years ago

Hilarius, thanks for posting!

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman4 years ago

Interesting...thanx for results