Test Your Knowledge of Basic Demographic Facts
Quick, what percentage of the US population is 65 or older? In a recent
, most people couldn't correctly answer this or several other basic demographic questions. (The answer is 15%.)
While his poll is now closed, sociologist Philip N. Cohen compiled
a handy list of 25 important demographic stats
, which are useful for gauging the accuracy and implications of claims like Trump's "I've created
over a million jobs
since I'm president," or
Before you read all the stats, try covering up the numbers with your hand and making a guess. You might have some out-of-date figures in your head. For instance, I knew that the US population hit 300 million a decade ago, but I had no idea it'd grown so much since then-to 326 million.
The stats are also available as a one-page PDF , so you can print it out, tape it to the wall, and drill it into your head. Cohen updates his list every few years, so maybe make a calendar event to check back in 2019.