BY THE NUMBERS

A Glimpse of Some of the Ways U.S. Life has Changed

 

The United States population passed the 300 million mark in 2006.  A look back to when the population hit 100 and 200 million. Taken from National Geographic magazine.

 

 

1915

1967

2006

U.S. Population

100 million

200 million

300 million

World Population

1.8 billion

3.5 billion

6.5 billion

Foreign-born population in U.S.

13.5 million

(largely from Germany)

9.7 million

(largely from Italy)

34.3 million

(largely from Mexico)

Life Expectancy

54.5 years

70.5 years

77.8 years

People 65 or Older

4.5 million

19.1 million

36.8 million

Annual Earnings

$687

($13,284 in 2005 dollars)

Men: $5,974

Women: $2,295

($29,589 and $11,367 in 2005 dollars)

Men: $34,926

Women: $23,546

Women Working

23%

41%

59%

Home Ownership

45.9%

63.6%

68.9%

Price of a New Home

$3,200

($64,158 in 2006 dollars)

$24,600

($149,147 in 2006 dollars)

$290,600

Registered Vehicles

2.5 million

98.9 million

237.2 million

A Gallon of Regular Gas

$0.25

($5.01 in 2006 dollars)

$0.33

($2.00 in 2006 dollars)

$3.04

(As of August 7)

A Gallon of Milk

$0.36

($7.22 in 2006 dollars)

$1.03

($6.24 in 2006 dollars)

$3.00

Children per Household

1.90

1.41

0.94