Graphics by Nathan Yau, borne out of everyday curiosities, learning experiments, and mild insomnia.
In the 1950s, almost half of all employed people were either in farming or manufacturing. As you can imagine, work changed a bit over the years.
Many things get stuck in people's bodies. This is the percentage breakdown for the most common objects that end up in the emergency room.
Salaries vary across occupations. Here are some charts that show by how much for 800 of them.
There are a lot of variables to consider, but for people of middle income, here's a suggestion, based on when you start saving and when you want to retire.
People tend to have more money saved up over time, but range and variation also grow, and often it’s not enough.
It was reported that 1 in 6 millennials have at least $100,000 saved. Is this right? It seems high. I looked at the data to find out and then at all of the age groups.
For commuters, the farther away you live from the workplace, the earlier you have to leave your house to get to work on time. How much does that start time change the farther out you get?
One person's long commute is another's dream. Another person's normal might be someone else's nightmare. What counts as a long commute depends on where you live.
From the teenage years to college to adulthood through retirement, sleep is all over the place at first but then converges towards consistency.
It seems like no matter what I do, I cannot sleep through the night. Will it ever let up? According to the data, the answer is no and it will only get worse.
We use some names mostly for boys and some mostly for girls, but then there is a small percentage that, over time, switched from one gender to another. Which names made the biggest switch?
Which sandwich do people not like the most? The winner: the Cheese and Tomato, if that even counts as an actual sandwich.
Survey participants were asked to grade fast food burger restaurants on eight criteria. This is how each restaurant ranked.
Here are the estimates from the Current Population Survey for the most recent time segment between 2017 and 2018.
The American Time Use Survey recently released results for 2018. That makes 15 years of data. What's different? What's the same?