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Fuel efficiency in American automobiles has been rapidly increasing since 2007, when the US passed a law requiring a MPG of 35 by 2020. It had previously spiked in the 1970′s from similar legislation, but stagnated for decades before the recent run-up.
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Commercial weather forecasts are most accurate within one week’s time. After nine days, climatology models, or predicting the temperature based on previous year’s temperatures, is the most accurate. Within three days, predictions are accurate to within four degrees Fahrenheit.
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This chart shows the net domestic migration between US cities from 2011 to 2012 by educational attainment. Cities like San Francisco and Seattle gained highly educated workers while losing those with high school diplomas or less, while cities like Tampa and Atlanta gained less-educated new arrivals. Large cities like New York still gained population overall via immigration, but lost domestic population.
–from The Atlantic’s CityLab
Tags: atlanta, education, housing, Inequality, migration, San Francisco, seattle, tampa Posted in Education, Employment, Immigration, Inequality | 1 Comment »
This interactive visualization at the Wall Street Journal shows who “wins” in a variety of variable match-ups from having the highest murder rate to eating the most beans. Population is shown above.
–From The Wall Street Journal
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Airplanes continue to get safer both in absolute numbers as well as compared to the number of passengers. In 1970, there ~250 million passengers and 1,500 deaths. Today, there are nearly three billion passengers, but only 500 deaths, or a negligible risk of death.
–from The Economist
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The perceived masculinity of a hurricane’s name, where a 1 is most masculine, greatly influences the number of people killed by the storm. As feminine-named hurricanes are perceived as less threatening, people do not prepare as seriously. Fewer than ten people die from high-damage storms with the butch-est name, while five times as many die from the most feminine-named storms.
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The real US GDP growth rate declined this quarter and is now at -1%, the first quarter of negative growth since 2011. Nominal GDP is up 11.7 billion, to $17.1 trillion. Click the chart to see our detailed GDP report.
–data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve
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According to this Pew Research report, more Americans died during the US Civil War than in all other major American wars combined. That includes both Union and Confederate losses.
–from Pew Research
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The relative buying power of a dollar varies greatly across the United States, and this interactive chart shows the difference between the median income and the cost of living.
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