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. 

No Place Like Home

Many Americans live in or near where they grew up, thick or thin. See Jase’s story.

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Labor of Love

See how an apprenticeship gave Ralph an opportunity to learn valuable skills

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Fact #11: 58% of Americans living in rural areas say access to high-speed internet is a problem in their area

Rural Broadband - A Digital Divide

Fact #11: 58% of Americans living in rural areas say access to high-speed internet is a problem in their area

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Fact #12: 53% of Millennials said in 2016 that they had used a public library in the last year

Going Beyond the Bookshelves

Fact #12: 53% of Millennials said in 2016 that they had used a public library in the last year

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Fascinating Fact #9: 32% of women age 65 and up live alone, as of 2014—compared with 38% in 1990

Boommates = Boomer Roommates

Fascinating Fact #9: 32% of women age 65 and up live alone, as of 2014—compared with 38% in 1990

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

Loving Where You Live

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

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Fascinating Fact #7: 40 percent of Americans in rural areas say they know all or most of their neighbors

Neighborly Spirit

Fascinating Fact #7: 40 percent of Americans in rural areas say they know all or most of their neighbors

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Fascinating Fact #8: 2 out of 3 private-sector employees say they are likely to work past age 65

Retirement Delayed

Fascinating Fact #8: 2 out of 3 private-sector employees say they are likely to work past age 65

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Fascinating Fact #5: 28 The median age at first marriage for women in 2017, compared with 21 in 1968 

Waiting to Wed

Fascinating Fact #5: 28 The median age at first marriage for women in 2017, compared with 21 in 1968 

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Fascinating Fact #6: 24% of American adults met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity in 2017—up from 18% in 2008

Keep on Moving

Fascinating Fact #6: 24% of American adults met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity in 2017—up from 18% in 2008

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Fascinating Fact #3: 69% of Americans mentioned "family" when asked to name what provides them with a sense of meaning in life

Finding Fulfillment

Fascinating Fact #3: 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 #4: 24% of Americans earn money through online platforms and apps

Got a Gig?

Fascinating Fact #4: 24% of Americans earn money through online platforms and apps

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Fascinating Fact #1: 7% of fathers are stay at home dads as of 2016—compared to 4% in 1989

More Dads Staying at Home

Fascinating Fact #1: 7% of fathers are stay at home dads as of 2016—compared to 4% in 1989

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Fascinating Fact #2: 86% of women ages 40 to 44 were mothers in 2016, compared with 80% a decade earlier

More Say Yes to Motherhood

Fascinating Fact #2: 86% of women ages 40 to 44 were mothers in 2016, compared with 80% a decade earlier

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