Census Bureau bangs the drum numerically for Earth Day
To gin up interest in Earth Day, the U.S. Census Bureau has released a random smattering of statistics of environmental interest. Here are some of the bureaus offerings:
The estimated revenue from residential recycling collection in 2010 for U.S. firms was $715 million, up 26.5 percent from 2009.
88 percent of newly built single-family homes in the United States have air conditioning in 2010, up from 48 percent in 1974.
The average commute for U.S. workers was 25.3 minutes in 2010, up from 25.1 minutes in 2009.
The average size of a single-family house built in 2010 was 2,392 square feet, down from 2,438 square feet in 2009.
According to the 2010 Census, 36.8 million people, or 12 percent of the U.S. population, live on the coast stretching from North Carolina to Texas – the area threatened by Atlantic hurricanes.
The 42nd Annual Earth Day is April 22.