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An explanation of the power to pardon granted to U.S. presidents by the Constitution President Gerald Ford testifying before the House Judicial Committee about his pardoning of former president Richard Nixon.Photo: Library of Congress Related Links Presidential Pardons 1789 to Present Presidential Factfile Presidents  … Read more
America's costliest war The Civil War led to  the greatest loss of life in American history. Over the course of the entire war, including USA and CSA casualties, some 620,000 people were killed in the war, equaling roughly 2% of the American population. Many more were injured or displaced by the economic turmoil. Estimates from the 2010s put the… Read more
Read about some of the most significant riots in U.S. history 1898: Wilmington, North Carolina While Democrats held power at the state level in North Carolina, a coalition of white Republicans and African Americans controlled politics in Wilmington, in 1898. A group of Democrats sought to remove Black people from the political scene and… Read more
In general, Americans have seen a decline in crime since a peak in the late 1900s (although it sometimes seem that crime is on the rise). The violent crime rate is half what it was in the early 1990s per capita, and property crimes are at a 50-year low. But, the benefits of waning crime aren't felt equally across all 50 states. WalletHub, a… Read more
Here are the 50 states in descending order of total population. The U.S. States are all quite different from each other. So, it should be no surprise that they have very different population estimates. And, as the resident population of the United States has continued to grow, the state populations are changing all the time. For citizens of the… Read more
Has the government's response to 9/11 compromised civil rights in the name of national security? USA Patriot Act and Domestic Spying | Department of Homeland Security | Military Tribunals and Guantánamo | Prisoner Abuse | Go It Alone Defense Doctrine | September 11 Commission Terrorism suspects being held at Guantánamo Bay Prison… Read more
Service workers served poor earnings According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food service workers rank as the lowest earners in the United States. The average CEO is not in the top ten highest earners in the United States. Psychiatrists earn the most for yet another consecutive year. Also check out our list of professions with the highest… Read more
Doctors top out earnings in the US According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, doctors of all sorts top out the average earnings in the United States. The average CEO is not in the top ten highest earners in the United States. Psychiatrists earn the most for yet another consecutive year. Also check out our list of professions with the lowest… Read more
It always gets you in the end The National Safety Council and National Center for Health Statistics regularly collect data about the most common causes of death in the U.S. Here are the lifetime odds of dying for selected causes in the United States. This data comes from the most recent published data, from 2019.  Rank Causes of death… Read more
A Nation of Immigrants The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. The first wave of immigrants to colonial America, from England, France, Germany, and other northern European countries, were fleeing political and religious intolerance as well as seeking financial opportunities in the young country. Even then, the new arrivals faced open hostility and… Read more
Your ticket to becoming a lawful permanent resident of the United States The new Permanent Resident Card, or "Green Card" Related Links Immigrants by Country of Origin Immigration Facts Immigration Milestones Immigration Legislation More About Immigration In order to work and live in the United States on a permanent basis, a non-citizen must… Read more
See your state's policy on fireworks Related Links Fireworks Facts Pyrotechnics John Smith     Each state has its own policies and laws concerning consumer fireworks (formerly class C fireworks). Some states have a total ban on all consumer fireworks, while others allow the sale of some or all. State… Read more
  Grab your sparklers and look skyward—the Fourth of July is almost upon us. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Begun during the American Revolution, it has been America's most important patriotic holiday ever since. July 4th Fun Stuff Quizzes U.S.… Read more
Read all about the summer season, Americana, and summer entertainment. The Summer Season | Americana | Entertainment Featured State Florida Featured State Bed & Breakfasts Check Out Southern B&Bs State IQ Quiz   What do you know about Florida? Try another State Quiz: Choose a… Read more
United States   Number Percent       Total population 281,421,906 100.0       SEX AND AGE Male 138,053,563 49.1 Female 143,368,343 50.9       Under 5 years 19,175,798 6.8 5 to 9 years 20,549,505 7.3 10 to 14 years 20,528,072 7.3 15 to 19 years… Read more
Find facts about the Great War, biographies of notable WWI figures, information about major battles, the weapons and uniforms of soldiers, and more   Imperial, territorial, and economic rivalries led to the “Great War” between the Central Powers (Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey) and the Allies (U.S., Britain, France, Russia,… Read more
Throughout U.S. history, there have been several close presidential races. This top ten closest U.S. presidential elections list is based on the combination of popular vote, electoral vote, and states carried by each candidate. Note about 2016: ironically, despite the mismatched results, neither the Popular Vote nor the Electoral Vote were… Read more
Immigration Statistics from the most recent data available from the Department of Homeland Security   Related Links Notable U.S. Immigrants Immigration Facts The Green Card Immigration Milestones Immigration Legislation Timeline   How Many Refugees 69,975 Number of refugees to arrive in the U.S. in 2014. 46,… Read more
The following table shows the number of families there are in the U.S. and families by type: married couple families, households headed by a female, and households headed by a male. Data is the most recent available. */     Race of Family Reference Person           Total White alone White alone, non-Hispanic… Read more
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, Census 2000 and 2010 Here is a look at the U.S. population, based on the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census. Figures are broken down by Hispanic country of origin. Find more population statistics classified by general demographic characteristics by clicking the links below. Population by Gender and Age |… Read more