June 27, 2012 The U.S. is still a nation of immigrants: One in six U.S. workers was born somewhere else. Here's where America's immigrants come from, and what they do for work.
The price of alcohol we buy at the store has gone down. The price of booze at bars has gone way up.
June 20, 2012 Alcohol is cheaper, but bars are more expensive. Also, we're spending more on wine and less on hard alcohol.
June 8, 2012 Food is much cheaper than it was 30 years ago. We're spending more of our grocery money on processed foods. And other insights.
May 30, 2012 The U.S. is the world's biggest economy, but it's not the richest country. China is a huge world power, but it's still quite poor.
May 14, 2012 Of each dollar the federal government spends, how much goes to health care? How much goes to defense? How much goes to other programs? And how has spending changed over time?
May 10, 2012 U.S. exports aren't limited to stuff. We also sell billions of dollars worth of ideas to people around the world.
May 3, 2012 Forty years ago, only 1 in 3 American workers was a woman. Today, it's 1 in 2. What jobs did all those women get? And how did gender breakdowns change by industry?
April 23, 2012 Total student debt has gone through the roof. But the average debt per college grad has gone up much more slowly.
April 13, 2012 How much did people in your income bracket pay in taxes? And what was the government's total tax take, from all sources?
April 5, 2012 See two graphs that show how we spend our money today, and how our spending patterns have changed since 1949.
March 21, 2012 What do Americans do for a living? How has the picture changed over the past several decades? Here's the answer, in two graphs.
What America Sells the World
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March 14, 2012 Last year, U.S. exports were worth $2.1 trillion. Which raises a simple question: $2.1 trillion worth of what?
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