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Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks

Here’s another map featuring data from the U.S. Census, this time broken down into neighborhoods (actually census tracts). You can look up how much money households in your surrounding area make, as well as any neighborhood in the nation. For example, the median household income in my county is $17,898, which is about half of [...]

American Pi: US Population Hit 314 Million People

Americans celebrate Pi Day on March 14 (3/14), but earlier this week on August 14, we celebrate something kind of related: Just after 2:29 p.m. EDT today, the American population reached 314,159,265, or [...]

Whatever Happened to the Ex-Slave Who Wrote a Letter to His Former Master?

Do you remember the awesome letter attributed to Jourdon Anderson, the freedman who was asked by his ex-master to return to work? Jason Kottke and David Galbraith dug through census and newspaper records to learn more about his life. Anderson may have stayed in Ohio and died in 1905 at the age of 79. Check [...]

Reader-Submitted Quiz: Name the Top 15 Christmas Tree-Producing States

It’s Reader-Submitted Quiz Week! This one comes to us from Garrett Savory. Christmas tree data have been collected every 5 years as part of the federal agriculture census since 1997. According to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture (2007), what are the top 15 Christmas tree-producing states by total trees harvested? You’ve got 3 minutes [...]

Big Cities, Little Names

Mental_floss continues to have fun with the latest US Census data in today’s Lunchtime Quiz. Of the 150 most populous cities in the United States, 11 have names that are only four or five letters long. How many can you name in five minutes? Let’s see… two. And then of course I felt stupid when the answers [...]

C is for City

Get this: According to the 2010 Census report, ten of America’s 100 largest cities have names that starts with a “C”. How many can you name in five minutes? That’s the challenge of today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I only got five of them (and would have never come up with the other five). Maybe [...]

World’s Oldest Person Dies

Eunice Sanborn, who outlived three husbands, was 114 years old when she passed away Monday at her home in Texas, according to caretaker David French. Or was she 115? Census records show Sanborn was born on July 20, 1896, in Lake Charles, La., according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which listed Sanborn as the [...]

Lost Springs, Wyoming. Population: 1

Lost Springs, Wyoming, lost 75% of its population between the 2000 and 2010 census. It now has, according to the federal government, only one resident. Dan Kaplan wrote about his visit: There were a few buildings, including the post office/general store, a municipal building, and a small town park. When we are about to leave, we see [...]

The Number of the Day: 58,000,000

In 2 A.D., the first Chinese census reported a national population of 58,000,000 Related Fact: According to a July 2010 estimate, the Chinese population is now 1,330,141,295. [Source: Atlas of World History. See previous Numbers of the Day here. ]

Secrets of the Ocean

Weird and wonderful creatures of the deep: Decade-long ’sea census’ uncovers 6,000 new species of marine creature Now more than 250,000 different sea creatures beneath the wavesA ‘riot of species’ has been uncovered in the world’s oceans by the most comprehensive survey ever conducted of life in the seas, scientists announced today.But the decade-long Census [...]