Social Characteristics

Life expectancy fell by 1.5 years in the United States in 2020. The decline, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid crisis, represents the worst regression in public health in the United...
News about inflation is taking increasingly center stage – not just as one of the main stories but the top headline news on some days. While inflation rose at the fastest pace in nearly 40...
The term “high-tech” is hard to define, but it means a lot more than “tech” in the Silicon Valley sense. According to the Workforce Information Council, the high-tech sector includes any...
More than 38 million people, including nearly 12 million children, were food insecure in the United States in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To put it another way, 11.5% of...
The cost of living has been rising just about everywhere. With wages not rising as quickly, many people have found themselves priced out of places they could once comfortably afford. Experts often...
The Delta wave of the coronavirus began to subside in the U.S. in late September, but congestion in the global supply chain linked to the pandemic continues to torment businesses and consumers....
“Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff,” said Will Rogers. The famous actor and comedian was right. (See which people own the most land in America.) The cost of real estate has...
A year after the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, over 700 suspected participants have been arrested, with more than 150 pleading guilty as of December 2021. Some of...
The effects of COVID-19 on American workers — unemployment, reduced incomes, and even a falling into poverty for many — are all too familiar in many parts of the United States. And some...
Many people dream of living on the water. It often doesn’t even matter where, as long as the views are spectacular and the water clean. Many people like beach homes in warm climates, which is a...
The World Bank predicts that the effects of the pandemic will have pushed somewhere between 88 million and 115 million people worldwide into extreme poverty some time this year. A number of Americans...
The November consumer price index report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an overall increase of 6.8% compared to the same month last year – the greatest increase since 1982. This...
The COVID-19 pandemic sent the U.S. unemployment rate to 14.8% in April 2020, its highest level since the Great Depression. Normally, such an economic shock would result in a spike in the national...
The effects of COVID-19 on American workers — unemployment, reduced incomes, and even a fall into poverty for many — are all too familiar in many parts of the United States. However,...
Cigаrette sales increased during the pandemic for the first time in 20 years, according to a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission. Though the report does not specify a reason, the increase...