Big partisan shifts in the House of Representatives happen, but not often. In only three of the past 12 election cycles has one party posted a net gain of more than 30 seats, and on average 93% of House members who seek re-election are voted back into office.
In 2012, only 26 House districts out of 435 chose one party's presidential nominee and the other party's candidate for the House.
In 2008, Barack Obama won 88 of the 100 largest U.S. counties; four years later he won 86 of them. The last time a Republican presidential candidate won more than a third of the 100 biggest counties was 1988.
There are fewer electorally competitive counties, and more counties in which Democrats or Republicans hold overwhelming vote advantages, than at any time in the past three decades or so.
More Americans ages 65 and older are employed than at any time since at least 2000, and they're spending more time on the job.
More than 57.6 million people, or 28.5% of estimated eligible voters, voted in the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries that all but wrapped up Tuesday – close to but not quite at the record participation level set in 2008.
Adults in their late 20s and early 30s are living with their parents at record or near-record levels.
How the true value of your paycheck is affected by where you live.
Most of the biggest inflation-adjusted wage gains have occurred in metro areas that have directly benefited from the boom in U.S. oil and gas production
Across much of the developed world, researchers have found that more young adults are living at their parents' home for longer periods of time.