Stat of the WeekMay 13
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Asian Pacific Americans make up 4.9% of the U.S. population. The six largest Asian-American groups are:
- Chinese Americans – 4M (23.2 percent)
- Filipino Americans – 3.4M (19.7 percent)
- Indian Americans – 3.2M (18.4 percent)
- Vietnamese Americans – 1.7M (10 percent)
- Korean Americans – 1.7M (9.9 percent)
- Japanese Americans – 1.3 M (7.5 percent)
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we highlight some statistics from the report, The Rise of Asian Americans, released by the Pew Research Center, in April 2013.
According to the report, here is a glimpse at some economic, education and social statistics:
- 1. Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States
- 2. 37 percent of all recent Asian-American brides married a non-Asian groom
- 3. 61 percent of adults ages 25 to 64, who have come from Asia, have at least a bachelor’s degree
- 4. In 2010, the median household income for Asians was $66,000; the U.S. median household income was 49,800
In celebration of Earth Day (April 22, 2013) here are some quick stats about our planet:
- Diameter: 12,753 km (7,926 miles)
- Mass: 5.98x10^24 kilograms (6.5e21 tons)
- Density: 5,515 kg/m^3
- Surface Gravity: 9.78 m/s^2
- Minimum Distance From the Sun: 146 million km (91 million miles)
In recognition of National Library Week (April 14 – 20, 2013) here are some quick stats about libraries in the U.S. There are 8,951 public libraries, 3,689 academic libraries, 99,180 school libraries, 8,014 corporate, medical, law, and religious libraries and 1,335 military and government libraries.Source
Other notable items include:
- Adjusted gross income: $8,292,393,204
- Taxable income: $5,695,765,605
- Total income tax: $1,037,484,722
Link for source: Individual Income Tax Returns, Preliminary Data, 2011
Hyperlink for Source -- IRS PDF
In honor of International Children's Book Day on April 2, here are some stats on reading proficiency.
According to the 2011 NAEP reading assessment results, among fourth-graders who scored below the 25th percentile in 2011: 33% were White, 25% were Black, 35% were Hispanic, and 3% were Asian; 74% were eligible for free/reduced price school lunch; 24% were English language learners; and 38% read for fun almost every day. Among fourth-graders who scored above the 75th percentile in 2011: 71% were White, 7% were Black, 11% were Hispanic, and 8% were Asian; 23% were eligible for free/reduced price school lunch; 2% were English language learners; and 60% read for fun almost every day.
According to 2011 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation with the highest representation of women was Dental Assistants (97.9%). Following are the 15 occupations with the highest percentage of women:
- 97.9% Dental assistants
- 97.7% Preschool and kindergarten teachers
- 97.5% Dental hygienists
- 95.9% Secretaries and administrative assistants
- 95.6% Speech-language pathologists
- 95.4% Medical transcriptionists
- 94.5% Childcare workers
- 93.4% Medical assistants
- 93.0% Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
- 92.2% Teacher assistants
- 92.1% Receptionists and information clerks
- 92.0% Occupational therapists
- 91.1% Registered nurses
- 90.6% Nurse practitioners
- 90.6% Dietitians and nutritionists
Link for source: Table 11. 2012 Employment and Earnings. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Hyperlink for Source -- http://bls.gov/opub/ee/2012/cps/annual.htm#empstat
According to data derived from several HERI Institute reports on the American Freshman, over the past 30 years, there has been a steady increase in the percent of incoming female college students intending to pursue a STEM field of study.
- 2012 – 21.5%
- 2011 – 19.8%
- 2009 – 17.1%
- 2006 – 14.6%
- 2002 – 14.0%
- 1992 – 13.4%
- 1982 – 13.6%
According to Catalyst, as of January 1, 2013, women currently hold 4.2 percent of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 CEO positions. For a list of women, who currently hold CEO positions at companies that rank on the 2012 Fortune 1000 lists, please view the SourceMarch 4
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women comprised 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force, in 2010. Women are projected to account for 51 percent of the increase in total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor]
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According to the report from the National Science Foundation, in 2008, there were 4,372,000 persons employed as biological/life scientists, computer and information scientists, mathematical scientists, physical scientists, and engineers. Blacks comprised 3.9 percent of that STEM workforce. [Source: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2011.]Link for source: PDF
According to the most recent U.S. Census Survey of Business Owners (2007) there was a 66.7% increase in the number of African American women-owned businesses since 2002 and a 191.4% increase since 1997. In comparison, African American men-owned businesses grew 93.1% from 1997 to 2007. African American women-owned firms across the country have total receipts of $36.8 billion. The states with the largest number of African American women-owned businesses are: New York (98,877), Georgia (88,920), and Florida (86,001). [Source: National Women’s Business Council]
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The National Science Foundation (2011) reported that while 26 percent of blacks earned science and engineering bachelor's degrees from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in 2000, only 20 percent earned them from HBCUs in 2008. . [Source: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2011.]
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The U.S. Department of Education recently released a report indicating that in fall 2011, Blacks were 13.8 percent of the 2,966,463 students enrolled at U.S. higher education institutions; 12.7 percent of all the students at public colleges and universities; 11.5 percent of all students at private, nonprofit institutions; and 24.2 percent, in private, for-profit higher education institutions. There were 2,931,516 students (11.2 percent) enrolled in graduate schools.
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According to a January 2013 report on educational projections, from the National Center for Education Statistics, over the 14-year period between 1996 - 2010, the total elementary and secondary enrollment increased 6 percent. Over the 11-year period from 2010 – 2021, the projected increase in total elementary and secondary enrollment is only 7 percent. Between 2010 and 2021, enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools is projected to
- decrease 2 percent for students who are White;
- increase 5 percent for students who are Black;
- increase 24 percent for students who are Hispanic;
- increase 26 percent for students who are Asian/Pacific Islander;
- increase 16 percent for students who are American Indian/Alaska Native; and
- increase 34 percent for students who are two or more races.
Public school enrollment is projected to be higher in 2021 than in 2010 while private school enrollment is projected to be lower.
Link for source: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2013/2013008.pdf
On December 21, 2012, President Obama named 12 eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and 11 extraordinary inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. For a list of the 2012 recipients Click Here.
Throughout 2013, more than 1400 organizations will promote the importance of statistics to the scientific community, business and government data users, the media, policymakers, employers, secondary school and college students, and millions of people like you. The campaign led by the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Biometric Society, the International Statistical Institute (and the Bernoulli Society), and the Royal Statistical Society, seeks to increase public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society; nurture statistics as a profession, especially among young people; and promote creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics.
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The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which assesses the mathematics and science knowledge and skills of 4th- and 8th-graders internationally, recently released its 2011 report (December 2012).
The U.S. average mathematics scores of 4th-grade students was 541. Among the 57 education systems, the U.S. average was ranked statistically significant behind Singapore, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong (China), Chinese Taipei (China), Japan, Northern Ireland (G. Britain), North Carolina (USA), and Belgium-Flemish (Belgium).
The U.S. average mathematics scores of 8th-grade students was 509. Among the 56 education systems, the U.S. average was ranked statistically significant behind Republic of Korea, Singapore, Chinese Taipei (China), Hong Kong (China), Japan, Massachusetts (USA), Minnesota (USA), North Carolina (USA), Russian Federation, Quebec (Canada), and Indiana (USA).
The U.S. average science scores of 4th-grade students was 544. Among the 57 education systems, the U.S. average was ranked statistically significant behind the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Russian Federation, and Chinese Taipei (China).
The U.S. average science scores of 4th-grade students was 525. Among the 57 education systems, the U.S. average was ranked statistically significant behind Singapore, Massachusetts (USA), Chinese Taipei (China), Republic of Korea, Japan, Minnesota (USA), Finland, Alberta (Canada), Slovenia, Russian Federation, Colorado (USA), and Hong Kong (China).
26% (60,000) of the estimated 227,000 new jobs could be held by Hispanics in the Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Industry between 2010 and 2020. (Source: American Petroleum Institute, Nov. 2012).
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