Believe it or not, many groups compile statistics about what is average about people in every category imaginable. Can you identify which of these statistics is true or false?
This is true. Of course, with nearly 40,000 locations across the globe, it would be difficult to live far from one.
This is true. About 63% of American adults are employed, as of August 2017.
Believe it or not, the average American does not make a New Year's resolution. Only about 42% say they usually make a resolution. Interestingly, people who make resolutions are more likely to be successful than those who don't.
This is false. In fact, the average American eats two snacks a day.
This is true. According to a recent population survey, the average American has well below $50 in his/her wallet. Credit cards would be an entirely different statistic.
This is true. Women also prefer showers these days. New homes and hotels are more likely to have luxury showers than whirlpool tubs.
False! Back in 2010, roughly 68.2% of American households still had a landline; by the end of 2016, however, the percentage dropped to 45.9%
This is false. Believe it or not, the average American home has over 300,000 items. We have too much stuff!
The average American does own a smartphone. In fact, as of 2016, 77% of Americans own a smartphone.
This is false. The average American house has three or fewer bedrooms. However, most new homes have four or more bedrooms.
This is false. In fact, American children own at least 40% of the world's toys.
This is false. In fact, a whopping 70% of Americans are classified as overweight or obese.
Way back in 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. As of 2015, American women owned an average of 30 outfits - and that figure probably isn't going down anytime soon.
This is false. The average American household does at least seven loads of laundry a week. That's a lotta laundry!
False again. The average American actually throws away more than 60 pounds of clothing every year.
About 52% of American households own stock, as of early 2017. Some own individual stocks, but most own stock through a retirement plan or mutual fund.
This is true. In fact, the average American household has just over $16,000 in credit card debt - and then there are the car loans, student loans, mortgage, and more.
This is true. Well over 80% of Americans own a computer of some sort. A small but growing segment of the population access the internet exclusive via smartphone.
This is true. About 57% of all Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. Of that majority, 39% do not have any money in savings.
This is true. According to recent statistics, the average American donates about 5% or less of his/her income to worthy causes. About 40% donate $500 or less.
This is false. The average american watches just a bit under 5 hours of TV per day.
This is false. About 23% of Americans take three or more prescription drugs per day; about 49% take at least one.
This is true. Americans average a total expenditure of about $100 billion on shoes, watches and jewelry each year. They spend "only" about $99 billion on higher education.
This is true. About 68% of Americans report that they have trouble sleeping.
The number is higher. About 12% of American adults did not graduate from high school.
This is false. However, about 12.7% of all Americans were classified as living below the poverty line, as of 2016.
This is true. Most Americans work in offices, retail outlets and hospitals. Only about 13.6% of American jobs are blue-collar.
This is true. In fact, about 80% of all Americans lives in urbanized areas.
This is false. The average American home was built in 1980 or before.
This is false. The average American throws out more than four pounds of trash every day! Where does it all go?
The average American male is under six feet tall. He is, in fact, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall.
This is false. The average American female is just about five feet, four inches tall.
This is false. About 2% of American have grab bars or handrails, other than stair banisters. About 1% have wheelchair ramps.
This is true, but the statistics were pretty close. Fewer than 50% of American women wash their hair daily.
This is false. Only about 15% of all Americans believe in astrology.