Largely because interest rates are so low right now, the percentage of household income that goes to debt payments is actually lower now than it was a decade ago.
November 26, 2012 See how much Americans owe, what they're borrowing money to pay for, and how much of each paycheck goes to pay off debt.
October 23, 2012 There's a huge variation in earnings across the lifespan. Here's how it breaks down, in two big graphics.
The average American spends a large part of their weekend sleeping.
September 17, 2012 Sleeping, cleaning, hanging out. How the average working American spends a day off, down to the second.
August 29, 2012 Working, sleeping, cooking, watching TV. Here's what the average American does on a typical day, down to the second.
August 21, 2012 Immigrants make up roughly the same share of the U.S. population as they did a century ago. But where they are coming from has changed dramatically.
August 17, 2012 A million kids worked, largely in factories and on farms. Here's a closer look at what the 1920 Census called "Children in Gainful Occupations."
August 1, 2012 The poor spend more of their money on essentials like groceries and utilities. The rich spend more on education.
July 27, 2012 Economic growth slowed in the second quarter. We look at just how the U.S. economy breaks down into goods and services.
July 16, 2012 Half of all Americans made less than $50,000, and half made more. Here's one way American income breaks down, including state-by-state results.
July 6, 2012 As unemployment comes down, the long-term unemployed aren't benefitting as much. Long-term unemployment in 3 graphics.
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?
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