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Surprising Things the Government Knows About Americans

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1. About how much do you weigh without shoes?
> Survey: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The government’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys over 400,000 people each year, and details like excluding shoes in a weight total can be important in calculating an accurate measure of obesity in America. As of 2016, an estimated 29.9% of adults were obese.

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2. About when was your home first built?
> Survey: American Community Survey

The typical U.S. home was built in 1977.

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3. At this house, apartment, or mobile home — do you or any member of this household have access to the internet?
> Survey: American Community Survey

An estimated 15.2% of U.S. households did not have internet access as of 2016.

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4. Do you consider yourself a feminist?
> Survey: American National Election Studies

The last time the American National Election Survey asked respondents whether they think of themselves as feminists, which was back in 1992, 19.8% responded “yes.”

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5. Do you have money invested in the stock market?
> Survey: American National Election Studies

Some 40.2% of Americans reported that they had money invested in the stock market in 2012.

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