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A column of current statistics selected especially for Christian communicators
Percentage of American women who would change something about their looks if they could: 99
Percentage of men who would: 94
Each minute, the number of Americans who turn 40: 6
Number of U.S. children who are homeless: 100,000
Percentage of Americans who watched religious TV in 1980: 42
Percentage of Americans who watched it in 1989: 49
Percentage of Japanese children who live in two-parent families: 96
Percentage of American children who do: 73
Percentage of job seekers in retail occupations in 1988 who tested positive for drug use: 24.4
Ratio of insects to humans: 200,000,000:1
Percentage of high school students who can't write a basic letter seeking employment or information: 70
The average amount teenaged girls spend per week: more than $55
Teenaged boys: almost $49
Total number of hours U.S. Sunday school teachers spend preparing lessons each week: 4.8 million
Percentage of school-age children who say they make moral judgments based on "what God or Scripture tells them is right": 16
Percentage who say they make judgments based on their "own personal experience": 45
Number of magazines begun in 1989 that are devoted to pornography: 72
According to The New Republic, "No member of the middle class needs statistics to be convinced of this: single-earner families are economic losers. The median real income of families in which both spouses were in the labor force rose 12 percent between 1970 and 1987. The median real income of husband-only earner families fell 2 percent. To put it another way, the difference in median income between one- and two-earner households increased, between 1970 and 1987, by 58 percent."
- 10/9/89 issue
Men and women don't necessarily find the same activities relaxing, The Roper Organization reports. Based on its study of 2,000 adults, here are the leading ways that women relax: Take a long bath (48 percent), shop for clothes (43 ...