Feb. 4, 2016

What Americans say it takes to be middle class

The vast majority of American adults agree that a secure job and the ability to save money for the future are essential. But one thing is now less likely to be seen as a requirement: a college education.

Fact Tank Jan. 11, 2016

Before Obama’s last State of the Union, a look back at his early hopes

On the occasion of President Obama’s last State of the Union address, a look back at his first congressional address – his priorities, those of the public at the time and what’s happened in the years since.

Fact Tank Dec. 31, 2015

Your favorite Fact Tank data in 2015

From Millennials in the workforce to religion in America, our most popular posts told important stories about trends shaping our world.

Dec. 4, 2015

The link between a college education and a lasting marriage

College-educated women have an almost eight-in-ten chance of still being married after two decades.

Nov. 11, 2015

Record share of young women are living with their parents, relatives

A larger share of young women live at home with their parents or other relatives than at any point since 1940, as more attend college and marry later in life.

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2015

More than any other foreign language, European youths learn English

The European Union is awash with languages, but European students study one foreign language far more than any other.

Oct. 5, 2015

Today’s newly arrived immigrants are the best-educated ever

Four-in-ten immigrants arriving in the U.S. in the past five years had completed at least a bachelor’s degree. In 1970, only 20% of newly arrived immigrants were similarly educated.

Fact Tank Sep. 24, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa makes progress against poverty but has long way to go

As the UN looks to adopt new goals for the next 15 years, sub-Saharan Africa still lags behind other developing regions in the areas of poverty, health care and education.

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2015

The art and science of the scatterplot

This type of chart is growing more popular, but just half of those with a high school education or less correctly interpreted one in our science quiz.

Fact Tank Sep. 15, 2015

The race gap in science knowledge

When asked a series of 12 science-related questions, whites, on average, fared better than blacks or Hispanics. What’s behind this knowledge gap?