Census: Recycling Gains, Hog Farming Wanes

WASHINGTON - Americans nearly doubled their recycling of trash over the past decade, while the number of hog farms plummeted by more than half over a six-year period...
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...according to the new edition of the government's annual statistical compendium released today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau.

"Thirty percent of the residential and commercial waste generated in municipal collections was recovered in 2000, compared to 16 percent 10 years earlier," said Lars Johanson, technical coordinator of the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2002.

As for livestock operations with hogs and pigs, Johanson said there were 81,000 in 2001, down from 168,000 in 1995. "Almost all of the decline occurred among operations with fewer than 500 head," he said.

The Abstract, published every year since 1878, features 30 new tables with Census 2000 long-form data. Another 49 new tables cover a variety of topics, including carpooling, Internet use and voluntarism.

The new edition has more than 1,400 tables and charts with statistics from the most recent year or period available.

Other highlights:

About 35.5 million individual tax returns (88 percent of itemized returns) claimed charitable contributions for 1999, amounting to $126 billion in total deductions or an average of $3,541 per return.

In 2001, 57 percent of workers age 25 and older used a computer on the job. Usage ranged from 80 percent for managers and professionals to 21 percent of operators, fabricators and laborers.

Households in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Calif. area spent the most for food ($7,442) and housing ($19,682) among selected metropolitan areas in 1999-2000; Anchorage, Alaska, was the next highest. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. consumers spent the least on food ($4,589) and Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley, Penn. spent the least on housing ($10,451).

The average cell phone call in 2001 lasted 2.74 minutes, and the average monthly bill ran $47.37.

Of the 25 largest metro areas in Census 2000, Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz., had the highest percentage of workers who carpooled to work (15.3 percent), followed by Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, Calif. (15.2 percent).

In 2000, 44 percent of adults did volunteer work, contributing an average of 15 hours per month.

There were 2.7 million federal civilian employees at the end of fiscal year 2001, down from 3.1 million 10 years earlier.

In 2000, nearly 51 million tourists arrived in the United States and spent more than $85 billion while here.

The most densely populated country in the world was Monaco, with 41,235 people per square mile in 2001. Next was Singapore, with 17,849 per square mile. Greenland had less than one person per square mile, and the least densely populated country was Mongolia, with four.

States collected $39 billion in gross revenues from pari-mutuel and amusement taxes in 2000. After prizes and administration, $12.4 billion in proceeds was available.

The states with the highest percentage of federally owned land in 2000 were Nevada (83 percent), Utah (65 percent) and Idaho (63 percent). Alaska had the most acreage at 221 million.

Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., averages 117 inches of snow each year. Juneau, Alaska, gets 99 inches and Buffalo, N.Y., shovels 93.

Source: U.S. Newswire via COMTEX - 11th February 2003
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