Welcome!

News Feed Item

Census Bureau News -- Profile America Facts for Features: Earth Day: April 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April 22, 2014, marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 16-22) ― this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.

U.S. Census Bureau Logo

Heating and Cooling the Home

2.4 million 
Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by wood in 2012, which is 2.1 percent of all homes.

42,747
Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country totally heated by solar energy in 2012.

57.0 million
Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by utility gas in 2012, which is 49.4 percent of all homes.

Source: 2008-2012 American Community Survey five-year estimates, Table B25040.
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

89%
Estimated percent of newly built single-family homes across the country with air-conditioning in 2012. In 1973, it was 49 percent.

Source: 2012 Characteristics of New Housing
http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/highlights.html

Presence of Air-Conditioning in New Single-Family Houses Completed
http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/pdf/aircond.pdf

Commuting to Work

25.7 minutes
Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older across the country spent getting to work in 2012, up from 25.5 minutes in 2011 and 25.3 minutes in 2010.

31.9 and 31.8 minutes
Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older in Maryland and New York spent getting to work in 2012, the longest commute time in the nation. (The two times are not statistically different.) Maryland's time is down from 32.2 minutes in 2011.

16.7 and 17.4 minutes
Estimated average time workers age 16 and older in South Dakota and North Dakota spent getting to work in 2012, the shortest one-way commute times in the nation. (The two times are not statistically different.)

864,883
Estimated number of people who rode a bicycle to work in 2012. This comes out to about 0.6 percent of the American workforce.

3,969,058
Estimated number of people who walked to work in 2012. This comes out to about 2.8 percent of the American workforce.

Source: 2012 American Community Survey
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/cb13-167.html

Working in the Nuclear and Forestry Fields

50,778
Number of workers employed in nuclear electric power generation (NAICS 221113) across the U.S. in 2011, up from 49,174 in 2010. They had an average salary of $111,750, up from $109,021 in 2010.

53,034
Number of workers employed in forestry and logging (NAICS 113) across the U.S. in 2011, down from 53,525 in 2010. They had an average salary of $37,986, up from $37,215 in 2010.

Source: 2011 County Business Patterns
http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp

Using Energy

18,817 trillion Btu
The energy consumption in the U.S. manufacturing sector in 2010, down 17 percent from the 22,576 trillion Btu (British thermal units) consumed in 2002.

-32%
The drop in the consumption of coal in the U.S. manufacturing sector from 2002 to 2010, going from 1,956 trillion Btu in 2002 down to 1,328 trillion Btu consumed in 2010.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2010 Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey
http://www.eia.gov/consumption/manufacturing/index.cfm

Building a House

2,505 square feet
The average size of a single-family home completed in 2012; 63,000 had two or fewer bedrooms and 198,000 had four bedrooms or more.

$292,200
The average sales price of a new single-family home sold in 2012. In 2011, the average sales price of a single-family home sold was $267,900.

9,000
The number of multifamily buildings built across the U.S. in 2012. Of these, 6,000 used electricity as the primary heating fuel.

Source: 2012 Characteristics of New Housing
http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/highlights.html

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

$7.6 billion
Product shipments value of recycled paperboard in 2011. This is up from $7.2 billion in 2010.

Source: 2010 and 2011 Annual Survey of Manufactures
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2011_31VS201&prodType=table

Collecting Revenue

$1.2 billion
Estimated revenue for "waste collection – hazardous waste management collection services" in 2012 for estimated sources of revenue for U.S. employer firms. This was down 13.1 percent from 2011.

$5.7 billion
Estimated revenue for "waste treatment and disposal – hazardous waste treatment and disposal services" in 2012 for estimated sources of revenue for U.S. employer firms. This was down 5.1 percent from 2011.

$8.2 billion
Estimated revenue for "local, fixed-route passenger transportation, by road and transit rail" in 2012 for estimated sources of revenue for employer firms. This is up 8.7 percent from 2011.

Source: 2012 Service Annual Survey, Table 4
http://www.census.gov/services/

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Profile America Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)

Back to School (August)

Super Bowl (usually first Sunday in February)

Labor Day (first Monday in September)

Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)

Grandparents Day (first Sunday after Labor Day)

Women's History Month (March)

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/

Unmarried and Single Americans Week 

St. Patrick's Day (March 17)

(third full week of September)

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)

Halloween (Oct. 31)

Older Americans Month (May)

American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

Mother's Day (second Sunday in May)

(November)

Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)

Veterans Day (Nov. 11)

Father's Day (third Sunday in June)

Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)

The Fourth of July (July 4)

The Holiday Season (December)

Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act

(July 26)


Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Profile America Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or email: [email protected].

Follow @uscensusbureau on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Ustream

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. Commvault can ensure protection, access and E-Discovery of your data – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Part...
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. For over 30 years across five continents, he has built success with Fortune 500 corporations, vendors, governments, and as a leading research analyst and consultant.
"Cloud computing is certainly changing how people consume storage, how they use it, and what they use it for. It's also making people rethink how they architect their environment," stated Brad Winett, Senior Technologist for DDN Storage, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Brad Winett, Senior Technologist for DDN Storage, will present several current, end-user environments that are using object storage at scale for cloud deployments including private cloud and cloud providers. Details on the top considerations of features and functions for selecting object storage will be included. Brad will also touch on recent developments in tiering technologies that deliver single solution and an end-user view of data across files and objects...
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settl...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, presented the findings of a series of six detailed case studies of how large corporations are implementing IoT. The session explored how IoT has improved their economic performance, had major impacts on business models and resulted in impressive ROIs. The companies covered span manufacturing and services firms. He also explored servicification, how manufacturing firms shift from se...
For far too long technology teams have lived in siloes. Not only physical siloes, but cultural siloes pushed by competing objectives. This includes informational siloes where business users require one set of data and tech teams require different data. DevOps intends to bridge these gaps to make tech driven operations more aligned and efficient.
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
It is ironic, but perhaps not unexpected, that many organizations who want the benefits of using an Agile approach to deliver software use a waterfall approach to adopting Agile practices: they form plans, they set milestones, and they measure progress by how many teams they have engaged. Old habits die hard, but like most waterfall software projects, most waterfall-style Agile adoption efforts fail to produce the results desired. The problem is that to get the results they want, they have to ch...
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
The best way to leverage your CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at CloudEXPO. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audienc...