USAFacts reports, visualizations and analysis: Putting the data in context

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State of the Facts Poll: Get the 2019 results

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The Latest Annual Reports

  • 2019 Annual Report

    2019 Annual Report

    For a summary of the most recent data on government finances, outcomes of government activities, and population trends, please read our Annual Report.

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  • 2019 10-K Report

    2019 10-K Report

    For in-depth analysis of government finances, please read our 10-K.

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Reports on the Economy

  • Manufacturing in America

    A graph showing how manufacturing changed.

    The phrase “Made in America” carries significance across the county, but the role manufacturing plays in the American economy has decreased in the past few decades. Manufacturing’s smaller role is apparent in all but a few states and subsectors of the industry.

    See the change
  • The 2019 economy in review

    A graph showing voting rates.

    As the year draws to a close, it’s natural to be retrospective. But with so many measures of the American economy, what’s the best way to take stock of 2019?

    Look back on 2019
  • The unemployment rate, explained

    A graph showing the growth of student loan debt

    Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the jobs report. All eyes are on the unemployment rate, but how do we arrive at this number? USAFacts explains the national unemployment rate.

    Get informed
  • Wealth in America

    An area chart showing wealth breakdown in America

    America has grown wealthier since the Great Recession. Learn how that wealth has been distributed.

    Learn more
  • What is the gig economy?

    A bar chart comparing types of gig workers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 1.6 million gig economy workers in the US, working for services like Uber and TaskRabbit. These workers account for 1% of the US workforce.

    See the data
  • The retail industry

    A graph showing how nonstore retail sales have grown.

    Government data shows that while economy-wide measures have been improving since the Great Recession, the retail industry has stagnated, or in the case of brick and mortar stores, even worsened. Online retail, however, has consistently grown for the last two decades.

    See the data
  • Minimum wage in America

    A map highlighting minimum wage laws in each state.

    How many people are earning $7.25 an hour? It’s different in each state.

    See your state
  • Labor strikes and stoppages

    A chart showingthe change in strikes since 1981

    The instances of strikes and lockouts, two types of work stoppages, have dwindled considerably since 1981, when 145 work stoppages involving more than 1,000 workers each occurred. In 2018, there were 20 similar work stoppages.

    Explore the history
  • Income, earnings and the poverty rate

    A line chart showing income change

    Median income increased 0.9% while earnings went up 3.4%. The official poverty rate fell to 11.8%, significantly lower than in 2007 before the recession.

    See the Census data
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    A chart showing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac data

    The two mortgage giants have portfolios accounting for more than half of the $10 trillion outstanding mortgage debt in America. Here’s a look at the companies, which have been under federal control since 2008.

    Get informed
  • A decade since the Great Recession: GDP and Jobs

    A bubble chart showing jobs and GDP change

    The GDP has grown and jobs have increased over the decade, but that growth hasn’t been uniform across industries and states.

    Dive deep in the data
  • How the middle class is changing

    Click for a look at the middle 20%

    The middle class is affected by the same demographic shifts as the wider nation, namely an aging population and a decrease in marriages.

    Learn about the middle 20%
  • The data on farm subsidies

    A graphic showing the breakdown of crops receiving subsidies

    Here’s a breakdown of how the federal government has played a role in aiding the nation’s farms through subsidies such as direct payments, crop insurance, and loans.

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  • The US-China trade war and the states

    Click to see an interactive graphic highlighting each state's trade balance with China

    The impact of the tariff battle between the United States and China will vary at the state level, as each state has a different trading relationship with China.

    See how each state fares
  • Cost of the 2019 government shutdown

    Longest Government Shutdown

    The 2019 federal government shutdown was the longest shutdown in US history. How much did the shutdown cost us?

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  • Employment & Earnings

    Employment and Earnings

    A new way to look at monthly job numbers.

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  • Tax Policy

    Tax policy

    Tax policy is at the top of the agenda in the US. Get the facts you need to evaluate the proposed changes.

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Reports on Population

Reports on Health and Healthcare

  • What is “life expectancy”?

    Compare average age of death to life expectancy.

    While life expectancy is a projection, the average age of death and death rates are not. The latest government data for these two measures supports the conclusion that US health is decreasing.

    Get informed
  • How many teens are vaping? One in five.

    How many teens are vaping? One in five.

    One-quarter of American high schoolers use tobacco products and one in five have used e-cigarettes (colloquially called vaping) in the last month — a fourfold increase from 2013, according to CDC data.

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  • Health insurance coverage

    A breakdown of state health insurance coverage

    The 0.6 percentage point decrease from 2017 to 2018 is the first decline in insurance rates since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

    See your state
  • Obesity rates

    Learn more about obesity

    Obesity hasn’t doubled. It’s nearly tripled in the United States over the last fifty years. We break down the data across age groups and states. We also look at the government numbers showing how obesity affects health and the pocketbook

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  • Vaccines and immunizations

    Learn more about vaccines

    Today, the Centers for Disease Control lists 26 diseases against which vaccines provide immunity. Since 1995, the rate of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, polio and measles in the United States has increased approximately 5%. Let’s look at the way that increase has unfolded among states and demographic groups.

    Learn about the data
  • The Affordable Care Act

    Learn more about who is insured and who is not

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is back in court. Since the 2017 tax bill cut out the individual mandate at the heart of the law, challengers now say the remaining part of the law is unconstitutional. Take a look at the tax and census data that could explain the effects of the law,

    Learn about health insurance
  • Why Medicare costs per person slowed down

    Click for an interactive graphic showing a break down of Medicare costs

    A combination of demographics and policy changes may point to an answer.

    Read our analysis
  • 5 things you might not know about Medicare

    Click for facts on Medicare

    In recent years, as the elderly population has increased, Medicare participation has grown to 18% of the population. However, for those not enrolled in the program, some aspects may be surprising.

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  • Medicare and prescription drugs

    Click for an interactive graphic showing a break down of Medicare costs

    Medicare paid for 30% of the $333 billion spent prescription drugs in 2017. We’ve made an interactive graphic displaying how Medicare’s spending on more than 2,800 drugs have changed in recent years

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  • Abortion in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio

    A snapshot of a graph showing abortion rates in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio

    An Alabama law was passed following state bills earlier this year which prohibit abortions in Ohio and Georgia after 6 weeks. The bills are also being passed after years of falling abortion rates both nationally and in the states in question.

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  • Opioid addiction, deaths, and treatment

    Opioids and pills

    A deep dive into the government’s data on the opioids crisis reveals previously unreported insights. For instance, the number of people seeking treatment for opioid addiction now outweighs alcohol abuse at reporting facilities.

    Learn about your community
  • HIV and AIDS


    The fight against HIV and AIDS has been ongoing since the 1980s. Here’s the government’s data and how many people have been affected and how far the epidemic has fallen.

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Reports on Immigration

  • The latest immigration data: Refugees, asylum and green cards

    The latest immigration data: Refugees, asylum and green cards

    Here’s what the latest federal data says on immigration topics that also include apprehensions, removals and returns.

    See the latest data
  • DACA recipients

    A chart showing DACA recipients by year

    With the Supreme Court considering whether the Trump administration’s proposed end to the program is legal, here is a data-focused look at the program aimed at allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to stay and work in the United States.

    Get informed
  • What is Section 1325?

    A graph showing returns and removals

    One issue at the heart of current immigration debate is the criminalization of unauthorized entry in the US. Criminalization began in 1929 under section 1325, but prosecution of unauthorized entry has been inconsistent over the years.

    See the history
  • Border apprehensions: A look at 20 years of data

    Border apprehensions: A look at 20 years of data

    The highest recorded monthly apprehension volume was in March 2000, when over 220,000 people were apprehended at the Southwest border.

    See the story
  • Asylum in the United States

    Interactive map showing asylum data in the United States

    Delve into asylum data, which shows a spike in recent years of migrants coming from Central America. Learn how the case backlog grew to hundreds of thousands.

    See the interactive map
  • US Immigration Throughout History

    Immigration History

    Explore US immigration policies and programs throughout history.

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  • Immigration


    Explore the total number of immigrants to the US over time, the purpose for their visit, and their countries of origin.

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Other Facts in Focus

  • Military numbers

    A chart showing DACA recipients by year

    How many troops are deployed in the Middle East?

    What the data says
  • Air travel in America

    The average flight arrives at the gate 14 minutes after the scheduled time. How do planes at your home airport fare?

    The average flight arrives at the gate 14 minutes after the scheduled time. How do planes at your home airport fare?

    Use the interactive tool
  • Child care

    How does the government support child care?

    Government-sponsored child care is getting more national attention because of Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail. How does the government support child care?

    Understand the issue
  • Voting

    A graph showing voting rates.

    One year before the 2020 election, USAFacts examines the voter registration and turnout data since 1980.

    Compare the states
  • Student loans

    A graph showing the growth of student loan debt

    Forty-two million people, or one in six American adults, currently carry a federal student loan. The nation’s overall student debt reached $1.6 trillion in June 2019. What’s behind this large number?

    Read our analysis
  • Wildfires

    A map of the states

    How many wildfires occur in America each year? Which states are affected the most?

    Get informed
  • The Democratic debate and the data


    Democratic presidential candidates might disagree on what policies to implement, but we believe we can all at least agree on one thing: facts. USAFacts is here to help you understand the data of the October 2019 debate with numbers straight from the government.

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  • The cost of college

    A graph showing how institutions of higher learning get financed. Click for more information.

    More and more Americans are going to college as tuition increases. But what’s the actual cost of higher education. Here’s an analysis of how colleges finances work and how tuition factors in.

    Get educated
  • Teacher salaries and the states

    A map showing change in teacher pay by state. Click for details.

    Teacher salaries have increased this century in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., but for some states the increases have not kept pace with inflation.

    See your state
  • Fuel economy in cars

    How fuel efficient are the cars sold in the United States? Dig through government data spanning 35 years to find out.

    How fuel-efficient are the cars sold in the United States? Dig through government data spanning 35 years to find out.

    See by brand
  • Workplace discrimination case data

    A chart showing various types of EEOC cases

    The Supreme Court is hearing cases on whether LGBTQ-related employment cases are covered by existing federal statute. Here’s the data on how the federal government has handled such cases.

    Get informed
  • Energy independence

    A graph showing energy imports and exports converging.

    The US is poised to become a net exporter, trading more energy resources to other countries than it takes in. Oil is a big part of the story.

    Understand the data
  • Housing across America

    A teaser photo of the United States

    From new building permits to ownership rates to homeless counts, USAFacts looked at data that show the changes in how and where Americans live.

    See your state
  • Preschools and Early Childhood Education

    Early childhood education programs are increasingly popular. In 2017, two-thirds of preschool-aged children attended such programs.

    Early childhood education programs are increasingly popular. In 2017, two-thirds of preschool-aged children attended such programs.

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  • Natural Disasters

    A chart showing natural disasters

    Four of the five most costly natural disasters in our nation’s history have occurred during the past ten years. How has the government’s response to natural disasters changed? What is the impact of different types of disasters?

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  • Domestic terrorism and mass shootings

    A chart showing weapons used in active shooter incidents

    We explore the data the government has and doesn’t have on domestic terrorism and mass shootings.

    Learn more
  • Transportation is the largest source of emissions

    Transportation is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions

    According to new EPA data, transportation became the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States in 2017 after emissions from electricity generation continued to decline.

    Dive deep in the data
  • Hate crime data: the value in expanding our sources

    A snippet of a graph showing how hate crimes have changed

    The FBI compiles hate crime data. We dive into the data, talk about its limitations and how it compares to another federal data set.

    See the data
  • The death penalty in the US

    A graph showing the death penalty's decline

    With the federal Justice Department announcing a policy to resume executions, executions of those on death row across the country have decreased in recent years.

    See the change
  • Data on antitrust investigations

    Click to read the data analysis

    Antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice have declined, from a high of 593 investigations in 1971 to 100 in 2017. Since the earliest year of data available, there have been two periods of significant antitrust activities - the early 1970s and late 1990s.

    Interact with the data
  • Federal fines

    Click to read the data analysis

    Fines, penalties and forfeitures make up a small part of federal revenue. But the amount has been ticking upward in recent years.

    Check the receipts
  • Wiretapping

    Click to read the data analysis

    Federal and state courts authorized just under 3,000 wiretaps in 2018, down nearly 30% from the peak of authorizations in 2015.

    See the data
  • NASA’s budget history

    Click to read the data analysis

    50 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, here’s a look at NASA’s budget throughout its history.

    Launch into the data
  • Where do Social Security payments go?

    Social Security Finances

    A portion of each paycheck we receive is sent to the federal government for Social Security. Where does this money go?

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  • How close is America to eliminating fossil fuels?


    The proposal aims switch America entirely to renewable energy and cut emissions as much as possible. Here’s where the United States stands on those fronts.

    See how your state fares
  • Food Stamps (SNAP)

    Food Stamps

    A state-by-state look at how prevalent food assistance programs are across America.

    See our interactive map
  • State of the Union

    State of the Union

    What do presidents historically talk about when they address the nation, and how does it compare to trends in areas such as jobs, wages, education, national security, and healthcare?

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  • Is Social Security Sustainable?

    Social Security

    The latest numbers show 2018 was the first year the retirement trust fund paid out more in benefits than it made from taxes since the financial reforms of the early 1980s.

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  • 2019 Budget Proposal

    2019 Budget Proposal

    The White House released the proposed budget for 2019 and beyond. Check out the President’s proposed changes to spending by agency and program.

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  • 2018 Presidential budget

    2018 Presidential budget

    Congress needs to pass a budget by year’s end. Check out the President’s revenue and spending proposals, and see what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has to say about them.

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Past Annual Reports

  • 2018 10-K Report

    2017 Summary Report

    For in-depth analysis of change over time, please read our 10-K (200 pages).

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  • 2018 Annual Report

    2018 Annual Report

    For a comprehensive view on government’s missions, finances, and the population please read the Annual Report (78 pages).

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  • 2017 Summary Report

    2017 Summary Report

    For a snapshot on USAFacts key findings, please read the Summary report (50 pages).

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  • 2017 10-K Report

    2017 10-K Report

    For in-depth analysis of change over time, please read our 10-K (170 pages).

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  • 2017 Annual Report

    2017 Annual Report

    For a comprehensive view on government’s missions, finances, and the population please read the Annual Report (300 pages).

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