American Facts Quote Archive

Americans toss out enough Aluminum every year in their travels to rebuild the entire commercial airline fleet.

52% of Americans said Congress should “consider” impeaching Preident Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without court approval. In 1998, only 36% supported hearings to consider impeaching President Clinton.

One out of five Americans now say that winning the lottery is “the most pracical way” for them to accumulate $200,000. — Opinion Research Corporation.

65% of Americans say “most” elected officials in Washington have taken a bribe.
— Fox News/Opinion Dynamics

The year is 1903. Here are the descriptive U.S. statistics at that time.

The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven.
Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.
Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard.”
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor Americans from entering the country for any reason.
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented.
There were no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
One in ten US adults couldn’t read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Coca Cola contained cocaine.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”
Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

Alcohol costs $148 billion a year in missed work and poor job performance, mostly as a result of hangovers. Hangovers cost an average of $2000 per year for every working adult. — US Government Study 2002

More than half of all Americans use the Internet, with more than two million people going online for the first time each month. And nine out of 10 school-age children now have access to computers either at home or at school.
— Commerce Department report released on Feb. 5, 2002