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Earth Day stats

April 22, 2013 - Rob Weaver
One aspect of Earth Day that troubles me is that it is just a day. Poetry, math and safe digging each get a whole month of awareness in April. Our entire planet gets a day.

Not only that, but it isn't even as old as I am. Earth Day, I mean. It came about in response to a huge offshore oil spill in 1969 near Santa Barbara, Calif.

Here are some environmental-awareness statistics I will pass along courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau. They were was sent via email, so no trees were harvested to provide the following numbers:


40,063 Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country totally heated by solar energy in 2011.

  57.0 million Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by utility gas in 2011, which is about half of all homes.

  88 percent Estimated percent of newly built single-family homes across the country with air-conditioning in 2011. In 1974, it was 48 percent.

WORK, &%$#! WORK   25.5 minutes Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older across the country spent getting to work in 2011, up from 25.1 minutes in 2009 and 25.3 minutes in 2010.

  32.2 minutes Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older in Maryland spent getting to work in 2011, the longest commute time in the nation. That’s up from 31.8 minutes in 2010.

  16.9 minutes Estimated average time workers age 16 and older in North Dakota and South Dakota spent getting to work in 2011, tied for the shortest one-way commute time in the nation.

  2.8 miles The shortest route I've found between home and work.


2,480 square feet The average size of a single-family house built in 2011.

  $267,900 The average sales price of a new single-family home in 2011. In 2008, the average sales price was $292,600.

  9,000 The number of multifamily buildings built across the U.S. in 2011. Of these, 51 percent had at least 10 units.

  EYE ON THE HURRICANE   37.3 million The July 1, 2011, population of the coastal portion of states stretching from North Carolina to Texas ? the area most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. Approximately 12 percent of the nation’s population live in these areas.   15 The number of hurricanes to hit Florida’s Monroe County from 1960 to 2008, the most in the country. The estimated population on July 1, 2011, of 73,873 is up 1.1 percent from the 73,090 counted on the last Census Day (April 1, 2010). Lafourche Parish in Louisiana and Carteret County in North Carolina have each seen 14 hurricanes from 1960 to 2008. Lafourche’s 2011 estimated population 96,666 and has risen 0.4 percent since the 2010 Census. Carteret’s 2011 estimated population of 67,373 has risen 1.4 percent.

In case you are wondering, hurricane awareness gets a whole week, May 26-Jun 1 this year.


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