As you prepare to consume a fifth (or more) on the Fourth, some factoids from the good folks at the Census Bureau. A happy Fourth of July to all.

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The Fourth of July 2012

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

313.9 million

The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth.

Flags

$3.6 million

In 2011, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($3.3 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.

$663,071

Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2011. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $80,349 worth.

$302.7 million

Dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation’s manufacturers in 2007, according to the latest published economic census statistics.

Fireworks

$232.3 million

The value of fireworks imported from China in 2011, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($223.4 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $15.8 million in 2011, with Australia purchasing more than any other country ($4.5 million).

$231.8 million

The value of U.S. manufacturers’ shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics (including flares, igniters, etc.) in 2007.

Patriotic-Sounding Place Names

Thirty-one places have “liberty” in their names. The most populous one as of April 1, 2010, was Liberty, Mo. (29,149). Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.

Thirty-five places have “eagle” in their names. The most populous one is Eagle Pass, Texas, with a population of 26,248.

Eleven places have “independence” in their names. The most populous one is Independence, Mo., with a population of 116,830.

Nine places have “freedom” in their names. The most populous one is New Freedom, Pa., with a population of 4,464.

One place has “patriot” in its name. Patriot, Ind., has a population of 209.

Five places have “America” in their names. The most populous is American Fork, Utah, with a population of 26,263.

Early Presidential Last Names

138

Ranking of the frequency of the surname of our first president, George Washington, among all last names tabulated in the 2000 Census. Other early presidential names that appear on the list, along with their ranking, were Adams (39), Jefferson (594), Madison (1,209) and Monroe (567).

The British are Coming!

$107.1 billion

Dollar value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today.

Fourth of July Cookouts

Almost 1 in 3

The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.7 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2012. This estimate represents almost one-third of the nation’s estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs.

7.2 billion pounds

Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2011. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.0 billion pounds).

6

Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was estimated at $1 billion or greater between December 2010 and November 2011. There is a good chance
that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken.

Please Pass the Potato

Potato salad and potato chips are popular food items at Fourth of July barbecues. Approximately half of the nation’s spuds were produced in Idaho or Washington state in 2011.

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5 Responses to “The Fourth By The Numbers”

  1. louiswi says:

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/time_to_get_crazy_20120702/

    Fourth by the numbers would be more complete if it included the number of Native Americans we killed and the amount of land we stole from them on our way to establishing this nation. At least it would add to the flavor of what it was really all about, don’t you think?

  2. Jojo says:

    I always wonder why people get upset over how our ancestors took what is now the USA from the Indians. Why is this an issue?

    How about the Aztecs, Incas, Mayans and all the other Indian races that the Spanish enslaved and/or destroyed? Does anyone get upset with how the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, etc., overran entire countries and civilizations? Not as far as I can tell.

  3. Joe Friday says:

    About 150 million hot dogs were consumed on the 4th. If laid end-to-end, they would stretch from New York to L.A., FIVE TIMES.

    Yet, this year, not a single hot dog was consumed on my premises.

  4. Jojo says:

    Joe Friday said “Yet, this year, not a single hot dog was consumed on my premises.”
    ——–
    You’ve left us hanging. And that would be because….?

    BTW, check this out:

    Unique Hot Dog Grilling Technique how to spiral a hotdog!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUqX3KC1GSA

  5. Joe Friday says:

    Jojo,

    You’ve left us hanging. And that would be because…?

    Oh.

    Nothing mysterious, just decided to switch to grilled Italian sausage and/or pulled-pork sammies this year instead of the burgers and dogs.