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Living Facts is about Americans today—who we are and how we live. Our goal is to inform and inspire. That’s it. Living Facts was created by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded 71 years ago in Philadelphia. We welcome your feedback and ideas. What facts do you want to see on livingfacts.org?

 

About Our Facts

What makes Living Facts, well, factual? The facts we share come from publicly available and credible sources, including the Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts that has tracked attitudes and trends for more than 15 years. One key source of information is the center’s American Trends Panel, a nationally representative group of randomly selected U.S. adults who have agreed to participate in monthly online surveys. We also crunch numbers from other reputable organizations, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, which conducts regular surveys of Americans and is the federal government’s largest statistical agency.

And in case you want to dig deeper, you can review the original sources for all our Living Facts by clicking the link related to each fact. Questions? Contact us.

About Our Team

  • Melinda Wuellner Project Director

    Melinda leads the Living Facts team and has worked in digital communications for 15 years. While she no longer lives in her native Chicago, she will always be a Cubs fan. Her living fact? She is among the 78 percent of Americans who say they feel a strong sense of gratitude at least once a week. In this case, she’s grateful for such a fun job!

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  • Amy Elvove Digital Communications

    Amy manages digital communications for the Living Facts initiative. She enjoys playing games like Scrabble with her family. Amy is among the 87 percent of YouTube users who say that the site is important for helping them figure out how to do things they haven’t done before. From home improvement to art lessons, she enjoys learning new skills online.

  • Cory Gunkel Social Media

    Cory keeps the Living Facts social media channels lively. Originally from Mississippi, Cory loves New Orleans Saints football and getting a stray onion ring with his French fries. His living fact? He is one of the 46 percent of Americans who say they feel a sense of wonder about the universe at least once a week.

  • Sowmya Kypa Research

    Sowmya came to the team from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ financial security and mobility project, where she researched how American families make ends meet. She enjoys spending time outdoors and is glad to be among the 11 percent of Americans who say they use public transportation on a regular basis.

  • Jun Lee Research

    Jun brings 12 years of research experience to the team, in the areas of education and economics. Originally from Freemont, California, Jun loves baseball and bike rides. Like 34 percent of Americans, he prefers to read the news over watching or listening to it

  • Chris Paige Multimedia

    Chris brings facts to life through video and other multimedia stories. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, woodworking, and photography. Chris is part of the 42 percent of Americans who live in or near the community where they grew up.

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