Fact Tank May. 23, 2014

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?

Fact Tank May. 9, 2014

Chart of the Week: Climate change is already here

Average temperatures have risen over the past century in nearly every part of the U.S. outside the Deep South.

Fact Tank May. 2, 2014

Chart of the Week: How America’s poor can still be rich in stuff

While most manufactured goods are considerably cheaper than they were three decades ago, many key services are much more expensive — contributing to the paradox of greater material abundance among even poor Americans.

Fact Tank Apr. 25, 2014

Chart of the Week: U.S. middle class no longer the world’s richest

A New York Times chart illustrates disparities in income growth between the U.S. and other advanced economies.

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.