50 Fascinating Facts


Americans are fascinating. Inspiring. And unique. Join us as we tell the stories behind the trends shaping America today—one fact at a time. Follow along on Twitter or Instagram at #50Facts. 

Why Do You Vote?

Fascinating Fact #35: 91% of Americans say that voting in elections is important

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Fascinating Fact #34: It took 146 years for the Supreme Court to get its own building

Explore the Little-Known History Behind the Supreme Court

Fascinating Fact #34: It took 146 years for the Supreme Court to get its own building

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Fascinating Fact #33: 16.9M Americans are living after receiving a cancer diagnosis

Americans' Health

Fascinating Fact #33: 16.9M Americans are living after receiving a cancer diagnosis

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Fascinating Fact #32: 6% of American adults do not have a bank account

What Percentage of Americans Don't Have Bank Accounts?

Fascinating Fact #32: 6% of American adults do not have a bank account

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Fascinating Fact #31: 78% of Americans feel that public libraries help them find information that is trustworthy and reliable

American Democracy Can Be Found at the Library

Fascinating Fact #31: 78% of Americans feel that public libraries help them find information that is trustworthy and reliable

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Fascinating Fact #30: 70% of Latino adults in the U.S. said they didn’t have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses, compared with 47% of White adults

America’s Latinos Among Hardest Hit by Pandemic’s Fallout

Fascinating Fact #30: 70% of Latino adults in the U.S. said they didn’t have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses, compared with 47% of White adults

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Fascinating Fact #29: 72% of U.S. adults who are religiously unaffiliated say they believe in a higher power of some kind

Majority of Religiously Unaffiliated Believe in a Higher Power

Fascinating Fact #29: 72% of U.S. adults who are religiously unaffiliated say they believe in a higher power of some kind

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Fascinating Fact #28: 35% of the American workforce are Millennials, the largest generation in the labor force

Millennials in the Workforce

Fascinating Fact #28: 35% of the American workforce are Millennials, the largest generation in the labor force

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Fascinating Fact #27: 4 in 10 American adults believe spiritual energy can be found in physical objects

Finding Meaning

Fascinating Fact #27: 4 in 10 American adults believe spiritual energy can be found in physical objects

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Fascinating Fact #26: 61% of Americans who did not vote in the 2018 midterms said they wish they had.

Why Some Americans Didn’t Check the Box in 2018

Fascinating Fact #26: 61% of Americans who did not vote in the 2018 midterms said they wish they had.

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Fascinating Fact #25: 9 in 10 Americans age 25 and older have a high school diploma — the biggest share of graduates in U.S. history

Most Americans Have High School Diplomas

Fascinating Fact #25: 9 in 10 Americans age 25 and older have a high school diploma — the biggest share of graduates in U.S. history

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Fascinating Fact #24: 79% of U.S. veterans say they would advise a young person close to them to join the military

Most of America’s Veterans Agree on This

Fascinating Fact #24: 79% of U.S. veterans say they would advise a young person close to them to join the military

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Fascinating Fact #23: 15% of school-age kids in America have no internet access at home

Students, Educators Struggle as the Pandemic Widens the Digital Divide

Fascinating Fact #23: 15% of school-age kids in America have no internet access at home

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Fascinating Fact #22: At 84%, residents of Colorado have the highest self-reported rate of physical activity of any U.S. state, as of 2018

How Does Colorado Stay Fit?

Fascinating Fact #22: At 84%, residents of Colorado have the highest self-reported rate of physical activity of any U.S. state, as of 2018

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Fascinating Fact #21: California the state with the highest percentage of people over age 5 who speak a language other than English at home — 44%

The Golden State Is a Multilingual Land

Fascinating Fact #21: California the state with the highest percentage of people over age 5 who speak a language other than English at home — 44%

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Fascinating Fact #20: 24% of the civilian workforce in the U.S. don't have paid sick leave

Fascinating Fact #20: 24% of the civilian workforce in the U.S. don't have paid sick leave

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Fascinating Fact #19: 38% of Americans say they limit their sugar intake

How Much Sugar Do Americans Really Consume?

Fascinating Fact #19: 38% of Americans say they limit their sugar intake

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Fascinating Fact #18: 42% of Americans live in or near the community where they grew up

No Place Like Home

Fascinating Fact #18: 42% of Americans live in or near the community where they grew up

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Fascinating Fact #17: 585K the approximate number of Americans participating in registered apprenticeship programs in the U.S. in fiscal year 2018

Labor of Love

Fascinating Fact #17: 585K the approximate number of Americans participating in registered apprenticeship programs in the U.S. in fiscal year 2018

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Fascinating Fact #16: 16.5% of active-duty military personnel were women in FY 2018 — up from 9% in 1980

Women in the Military

Fascinating Fact #16: 16.5% of active-duty military personnel were women in FY 2018 — up from 9% in 1980

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Fascinating Fact #15: 7% of fathers are stay at home dads as of 2016 — compared to 4% in 1989

More Dads Staying at Home

Fascinating Fact #15: 7% of fathers are stay at home dads as of 2016 — compared to 4% in 1989

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Fascinating Fact #14: 58% of Americans living in rural areas say access to high-speed internet is a problem in their area

Rural Broadband - A Digital Divide

Fascinating Fact #14: 58% of Americans living in rural areas say access to high-speed internet is a problem in their area

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Fascinating Fact #13: 46% of U.S. adults say they feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week

Full of Gratitude

Fascinating Fact #13: 46% of U.S. adults say they feel a deep sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week

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Fascinating Fact #12: 32% of women age 65 and up live alone, as of 2014 — compared with 38% in 1990

Boommates = Boomer Roommates

Fascinating Fact #12: 32% of women age 65 and up live alone, as of 2014 — compared with 38% in 1990

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Fascinating Fact #11: About 6 in 10 Americans feel attached to their communities

Loving Where You Live

Fascinating Fact #11: About 6 in 10 Americans feel attached to their communities

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Fascinating Fact #10: 53% of seniors surveyed in 2019 own a smartphone — which is up from 18% in 2013

More Screen Time for Seniors

Fascinating Fact #10: 53% of seniors surveyed in 2019 own a smartphone — which is up from 18% in 2013

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Fascinating Fact #9: 26% of Americans say they identified as atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular in 2018 and 2019 — up from 17 percent in 2009

How Religious Are Americans?

Fascinating Fact #9: 26% of Americans say they identified as atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular in 2018 and 2019 — up from 17 percent in 2009

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Fascinating Fact #8: 40% of Americans in rural areas say they know all or most of their neighbors

Neighborly Spirit

Fascinating Fact #8: 40% of Americans in rural areas say they know all or most of their neighbors

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Fascinating Fact #7: 53% of Millennials said in 2016 that they had used a public library in the last year

Going Beyond the Bookshelves

Fascinating Fact #7: 53% of Millennials said in 2016 that they had used a public library in the last year

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Fascinating Fact #6: 28 The median age at first marriage for women in 2017, compared with 21 in 1968 

Waiting to Wed

Fascinating Fact #6: 28 The median age at first marriage for women in 2017, compared with 21 in 1968 

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Fascinating Fact #5: 24% of American adults met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity in 2017—up from 18% in 2008

Keep on Moving

Fascinating Fact #5: 24% of American adults met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity in 2017—up from 18% in 2008

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Fascinating Fact #4: 69% of Americans mentioned "family" when asked to name what provides them with a sense of meaning in life

Finding Fulfillment

Fascinating Fact #4: 69% of Americans mentioned "family" when asked to name what provides them with a sense of meaning in life

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Fascinating Fact #3: The median age of people who met their partners online was 36, compared to 51 among those who met their partners another way.

Finding Love Online Remains (For Now) Largely for the Young

Fascinating Fact #3: The median age of people who met their partners online was 36, compared to 51 among those who met their partners another way.

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Fascinating Fact #2: 21% of Americans were raised in interfaith homes

One Family, Two Faiths

Fascinating Fact #2: 21% of Americans were raised in interfaith homes

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Fascinating Fact #1: 86% of women ages 40 to 44 were mothers in 2016, compared with 80% a decade earlier

More Say Yes to Motherhood

Fascinating Fact #1: 86% of women ages 40 to 44 were mothers in 2016, compared with 80% a decade earlier

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