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It seems like itís crowded, but thereís still a lot of space-and real estate-left in this country. Of the 2.3 billion acres in the U.S., only 59 million acres (3%) are urban. Fully 10% of our nationís acreage has been set aside for wildlife and parks, and another 75% is dedicated to cropland, pastures, forest, and suburban greenbelts. Source: Urban Land Institute
Number of books purchased per year by the average American: Four. Number of books purchased per year by the average drinker of Diet Coke: Seven. Source: The Book Industry Study Group
Number of election stories appearing on network evening news shows during the 1998 midterm general election campaign: 72. Number of Monica Lewinsky-related stories appearing on the same evening news shows, during the same time span: 426. Source: The center for media and Public Affairs
Top Jobs, year 1910: Farming (by far with 6.2 million jobs), Retail Trade (1.2 million), Mining (882,587) and Carpentry (808,949).
Top Jobs, year 2006: Clerical (narrowly with 25.82 million jobs), Service-related (25.14 million), Professional (22.98 million) and Factory Production (19.36 million).
Source: Census Bureau