Fact Tank Apr. 18, 2014

Chart of the Week: How Americans die, by the numbers

Americans aren’t dying like they used to. They’re living longer, and more are dying of natural causes. In 2010, nearly one-third of all deaths (31%) came from people ages 85 and older – a big improvement from 1968, when the 85+ age cohort made up just 12.6% of all deaths.

Fact Tank Apr. 11, 2014

Chart of the Week: Making sense of the Medicare data dump

Different medical specialties varied widely not only in how much they received from the Medicare program, but in how much of those funds went to overhead.

Fact Tank Apr. 4, 2014

Chart of the week: Still deep in the jobs hole

At current rates of job growth, employment won’t reach its pre-recession level for more than five years.

Fact Tank Mar. 28, 2014

Chart of the Week: The increasing number of executions around the world

Although capital punishment is practiced in only a relative handful of countries (140 countries have abolished it in law or in practice, according to Amnesty International), there were nearly 100 more executions around the world last year than in 2012, a 14% increase. The chart above, created by The Economist based on Amnesty’s data, graphically […]

Fact Tank Mar. 21, 2014

Chart of the Week: Do firefighters or musicians have richer parents?

How people’s incomes and jobs as adults compare with the households they grew up in.

Fact Tank Mar. 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: The ever-accelerating rate of technology adoption

The World Wide Web, first conceived of 25 years ago this week, has been adopted by American society in record time.

Fact Tank Mar. 7, 2014

Chart of the Week: Where international migrants are going to and coming from

Interactive map of emigration and immigration worldwide.

Fact Tank Feb. 28, 2014

Chart of the Week: The decline of Yiddish, the rise of Tagalog

Spanish continues to be the most commonly spoken non-English language in the U.S., but other languages have risen and fallen in popularity — sometimes dramatically — over the past three decades.

Fact Tank Feb. 21, 2014

Chart of the Week: How metro areas drive the U.S. economy

A handful of metropolitan areas generate the bulk of U.S. economic activity.

Fact Tank Feb. 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: A long history of cable consolidation

The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger comes after decades of cable-industry consolidation.