Social Characteristics

As the baby boom generation reaches old age, the number of people who die every year in the United States continues to increase. And as the U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has surpassed...
The coronavirus has caused over 100,000 deaths and over 1 million infections in the United States so far in 2020. While for many Americans the pandemic has dramatically increased the risk of death,...
As COVID-19 spread across the United States, more than 300 million Americans were ordered to remain at home for weeks and even months. The extended period of isolation led many to speculate that the...
As COVID-19 spread across the United States, more than 300 million Americans were ordered to remain at home for weeks and even months. The extended period of isolation led many to speculate that the...
Social distancing, shelter-in-place orders, and the shuttering of nonessential businesses across the country have changed day-to-day realities for millions of Americans. In the effort to contain the...
As the coronavirus spread across the United States in the early months of 2020, many Americans began preparing to be confined to their home for weeks and even months. Sales of shelf-stable food items...
Perhaps the most frequently cited bellwether of economic vitality is GDP growth. Rapid growth is indicative of a flourishing economy, while slow or negative growth suggests the opposite. Economic...
The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other large developed country — and without a single-payer national health care system, much of that spending is shouldered...
As of 2009, more than half of the world’s population lived in urban areas. By 2050, the U.N. projects that two out of every three people live in an urban area. This ongoing shift to big cities...
Property crimes — a category that includes burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny — are the most commonly reported crimes nationwide, according to the FBI. There were about 7.2...
Americans spent an average of $3,189 on food eaten away from home in 2017 (the last year for which figures are available), according to data site Statista. People aged 35 to 44 spent the most, an...
American culture and influence has spread globally since early in the last century, in part thanks to Hollywood. Be it Coca Cola, Nike, or rap music, people worldwide have adopted everything American...
The American Dream is the idea that through sacrifice and hard work, a person from any background can attain success — typically characterized by upward economic mobility. While millions of...
Local governments bear some degree of responsibility for neighborhood safety, economic vitality, the presence and condition of public spaces, and a wide range of other amenities and services that...
For most of us, where we live is determined by only a few factors, including our proximity to family and friends, career demands, and where we have history.  While some of these less objective...