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Celebrating World Statistics Day

The United Nations General Assembly designated today as the first-ever World Statistics Day to help highlight the role of official statistics and the many achievements of national statistical systems. Statistical organizations throughout the world are celebrating World Statistics Day.

  • The United Kingdom’s Royal Statistical Society will launch an ambitious ten-year statistical literacy campaign called Getstats on 20 October 2010.

  • The Barbados Statistical Service is planning several events that will integrate both CARICOM Statistics Day (15 October) and World Statistics Day, including partnering with UNICEF to hold school events.

  • The list of actions to mark World Statistics Day undertaken by the National Institute of Statistics of Italy (ISTAT) includes a special message from the President of the Republic, Mr. Giorgio Napolitano and a host of university events.

Visit the UN's World Statistics Day website to learn more.

The U.S. government has a long history of collecting statistics about the nation's people, economy and society beginning with the first national census in 1790. Today, 14 federal agencies collect or publish the statistics the nation uses to record progress and plan for the future.

Did you know?

Additional US-based statistics:

  • 42: Percent of children ages 6 to 17 who participated in sports in 2006.
  • 28: percent of householders who rated their homes a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 in 2009. About 100,000 housing units in US are actually boats, RVs, or vans (2008).
  • 25.1 minutes: The national mean travel time to work in 2009. About 4 million of us walk to work. Most of us, however, drive alone (109 million, or 76 percent of workers).

Join the conversation!

View the Census Bureau’s World Statistics Day Video on YouTube.

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