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Earth Day: April 22, 2013

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:11 a.m. CDT

April 22, 2013, marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day and Earth Week (April 16-22), the Census Bureau has provided statistics pertaining to energy and the environment. 

• 2.3 million  - Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by wood in 2011, which is more than 2.0 percent of all homes.

• 40,063 - Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country totally heated by solar energy in 2011.

• 57.0 million - Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by utility gas in 2011, which is about half of all homes.

• 88 percent - Estimated percent of newly built single-family homes across the country with air-conditioning in 2011. In 1974, it was 48 percent.

• 25.5 minutes - Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older across the country spent getting to work in 2011, up from 25.1 minutes in 2009 and 25.3 minutes in 2010.

• 32.2 minutes - Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older in Maryland spent getting to work in 2011, the longest commute time in the nation. That’s up from 31.8 minutes in 2010.

• 16.9 minutes - Estimated average time workers age 16 and older in North Dakota and South Dakota spent getting to work in 2011, tied for the shortest one-way commute time in the nation.

• 49,174 - Number of workers employed in nuclear electric power generation across the U.S. in 2010, up from 41,502 in 2009. They had an average salary of $109,021, down from $110,355 in 2009.

• 53,525 - Number of workers employed in forestry and logging across the U.S. in 2010, up from 53,003 in 2009. They had an average salary of $37,215, up from $35,128 in 2009.

• 19,061 trillion Btu - The energy consumption in the U.S. manufacturing sector in 2010, down almost 10 percent from the 21,098 trillion Btu (British thermal units) consumed in 2006.

•  -46 percent - The drop in the consumption of residual fuel oil in the U.S. manufacturing sector in 2010, going from 314 trillion Btu in 2006 down to 170 trillion Btu consumed in 2010.

• 2,480 square feet - The average size of a single-family house built in 2011.

• $267,900 - The average sales price of a new single-family home in 2011. In 2008, the average sales price was  $292,600.

• 9,000 - The number of multifamily buildings built across the U.S. in 2011. Of these, 51 percent had at least 10 units.

• $1.5 billion - Estimated revenue for “waste collection – hazardous waste management collection services” in 2011 for estimated sources of revenue for U.S. employer firms.

• $6.3 billion - Estimated revenue for “waste treatment and disposal – hazardous waste treatment and disposal services” in 2011 for estimated sources of revenue for U.S. employer firms. This was up 9.2 percent from 2010.

• $6.3 billion - Estimated revenue for “local, fixed-route passenger transportation, by road and transit rail” in 2011 for estimated sources of revenue for employer firms. This is up 4.8 percent from 2010.

• 37.3 million - The July 1, 2011, population of the coastal portion of states stretching from North Carolina to Texas, the area most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. Approximately 12 percent of the nation’s population live in these areas.

• 15 - The number of hurricanes to hit Florida’s Monroe County from 1960 to 2008, the most in the country. The estimated population on July 1, 2011, of 73,873 is up 1.1 percent from the 73,090 counted on the last Census Day (April 1, 2010). Lafourche Parish in Louisiana and Carteret County in North Carolina have each seen 14 hurricanes from 1960 to 2008. Lafourche’s 2011 estimated population 96,666 and has risen 0.4 percent since the 2010 Census. Carteret’s 2011 estimated population of 67,373 has risen 1.4 percent.

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