Like many data detectives, I subscribe to the Census Product Update, "A Biweekly Bulletin from the U.S. Census Bureau". The February 22, 2008 release featured:
USA Counties has just been quarterly updated and is now available on the web. USA Counties now features more than 5,900 data items for the United States, the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia), and all of the nation’s 3,141 counties and county equivalents, and covers areas such as age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, employment, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, water use, and wholesale trade. It is the most comprehensive source for data on counties in the United States."
U.S. Total Business Sales for December 2006 were $1,147.3 Billion, down 0.5 Percent from the previous month. No surprise.
THIS surprised me: Majority of Children Live With Two Biological Parents. The actual FACT didn't surprise me - "Nearly 45 million (61 percent) of the nation’s 73 million children younger than 18 lived with their biological mother and father in 2004." Maybe I just had an Ozzie and Harriet/Father Knows Best/Donna Reed Show upbringing and had blocked out the proliferation of divorce, single parents and blended families.
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