Why timely, reliable data on mass killings is hard to find
Several government agencies and nonprofit groups gather and publish data on school shootings and other public mass killings. But because of data lags and differing definitions, getting a clear read on overall trends is surprisingly hard.
Chart of the Week: The World Cup of (almost) everything
Interactive brackets let you see how the 32 nations competing in the World Cup stack up on 70 different sporting, economic and social indicators.
How the most ideologically polarized Americans live different lives
For America’s most ardent liberals and conservatives, polarization begins at home. In what may seem like stereotypes come to life, a new Pew Research Center study on political polarization finds that conservatives would rather live in large houses in small towns and rural areas — ideally among people of the same religious faith — while liberals opt […]
The polarized Congress of today has its roots in the 1970s
You don’t have to look hard to see evidence of political polarization – just watch cable news, listen to talk radio or follow social-media debates. Indeed, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Americans are more ideologically polarized today than they’ve been in at least two decades. Their representatives in Congress are divided too, and have […]
Chart of the Week: How U.S. regained all its lost jobs, but still fell behind
The U.S. finally has more jobs than it did before the Great Recession, but that’s not nearly enough to keep pace with the growing population.
Want a three-car garage? You’re more likely to find it in the Midwest
A new Census report reveals interesting regional differences in the characteristics of newly built homes.
5 facts about today’s college graduates
Facts and figures about college graduates.
Chart of the Week: Is food too cheap for our own good?
Americans spend less on food than they ever have, and are fatter than they’ve ever been. Could there be a connection?
Fancy degree? Most Americans say it’s not required to be president
Recent presidents and presidential candidates have tended to have elite college educations — a fact that doesn’t appear to bother many Americans.
In honor of Fact Tank’s 1st birthday, a data quiz just for you
A year ago today, the Pew Research Center launched Fact Tank, our very own data blog. Why? Because even though Pew Research publishes lots of reports, we still have a lot of data that are relevant to the things people are talking about in the news, online and with their friends, and we wanted to be […]