Archive for the ‘Statistics’ Category

Just the Stats, Man!

June 19, 2018

Last month I received an informative newsletter from the Michigan State University Libraries that provided their “year-end” statistics in a number of categories (for fiscal year 2016-2017).  Obviously they are a tier-1 research institution and should be expected to have large numbers in these categories, but wow . . . impressive indeed!

Visitors
 —  6.5 million visitors to the website.
—  1.65 million physical visitors to the main library.

Engagement
—  646 presentations and events.
—  14,311 reference questions answered.

Access
— 3,972,264 full-text articles retrieved using library databases.
—  1,498,893 searched of library databases.

Collections
—  7,805,066 unique titles.
—  7,267,012 total volumes.
—  2,768,9554 e-book titles.
—  1,258 electronic databases.

Interlibrary Loan Services
—  18th largest lender in the world.
—  63,939 items from MSU Libraries’ collections were sent to other libraries around the world.
—  16,164 items were borrowed from other libraries for MSU patrons.
—  5,628 items of our own delivered through  document delivery services.

Source: Insight Newsletter, Summer 2018 p. 6.  Data was compiled by Joshua Sanchez, User Experience & Assessment Librarian, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

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Stay Safe Out There!

June 4, 2018

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, the summer travel season has officially started.  So, be careful when you are out and about and never risk driving drunk (or buzzed), it is just not worth it!  Here is an infographic that highlights some of the dangers.  And, while the statistics referenced in this infographic are a bit old (2012) you can always get more up-to-date statistics from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Your Sales Tax is How High?!

May 29, 2018

Sales taxes (combined state and local sales tax rates) vary widely from state to state.  Do you know how your state fares?  Here are the most-taxed states as well as the least-taxed states courtesy of the May 2018 AARP Bulletin (sales tax rates as of January 1, 2018).

Highest Taxes
1. Louisiana (10.0%)
2. Tennessee (9.5%)
3. Arkansas (9.4%)
4. Washington (9.2%)
5. Alabama (9.1%)
6. Oklahoma (8.9%)
7. Kansas (8.7%)
7. Illinois (8.7%)
9.  New York (8.5%)
9. California (8.5%)
10. Arizona (8.3%)

Lowest Taxes
1. Montana (0.0%)
1. Oregon (0.0%)
1. (Delaware (0.0%)
1. New Hampshire (0.0%)
5. Alaska (1.8%)
6. Hawaii (4.4%)
7. Wisconsin (5.4%)
8. Wyoming (5.5%)
9. Virginia (5.6%)
10. Maryland (6.0%)
10. Kentucky (6.0%)
10. Idaho (6.0%)
10. Michigan (6.0%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, May 2018, p. 36; The Tax Foundation.  Note: the local sales tax was computed by averaging across the entire state.

Binge Drinking!

February 3, 2018

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), binge drinking is defined as “a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks or women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours.”  When it comes to the “who” re: binge drinking, the CDC further identified the following groups (for the full report, check out this CDC Fact Sheet):

  • One in six US adults binge drinks about four times a month, consuming about eight drinks per binge.
  • Binge drinking is most common among younger adults aged 18–34 years, but is reported across the lifespan.
  • The prevalence of binge drinking among men is twice the prevalence among women.
  • Binge drinking is more common among people with household incomes of $75,000 or more than among people with lower incomes. However, people with lower incomes binge drink more often and consume more drinks when they do.
  • Over 90% of U.S. adults who drink excessively report binge drinking in the past 30 days.
  • Most people younger than age 21 who drink report binge drinking, usually on multiple occasions.

Here is the breakdown by percentage per state (highest and lowest) for adults 65+ who report chronic (more than 1-2 drinks per day) or binge (more than 4-5 drinks at a time) drinking.

Highest percentage:
1. Alaska (10.7%)
2. Wisconsin (10.4%)
3. Nevada (9.8%)
3. Washington, DC (9.8%)
5. Hawaii (9.5%)
6. Oregon (9.4%)
7. Washington (8.5%)
8. Montana (8.3%)
8. Michigan (8.3%)
10. Illinois (8.0%)

Lowest percentage:
1. West Virginia (3.3%)
2. Tennessee (3.8%)
3. Mississippi (3.9%)
4. Arkansas (4.2%)
4. Oklahoma (4.2%)
4. Utah (4.2%)
7. Kentucky (4.3%)
8. South Dakota (4.5%)
8. Alabama (4.5%)
10. Kansas (4.8%)

Source: America’s Health Rankings: Senior Report 2017, AARP Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2018, p. 48.

Some Like It Hot, Others Like It Cold!

December 21, 2017

Happy Thursday!  On this the day of the winter solstice (the official first day of winter), let’s take a moment to ponder (by way of an incredible infographic) the extremes of temperature that we experience not only here on Earth, but throughout the universe. Again, let’s put things into perspective!   Enjoy!

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Holiday Reminder!

December 14, 2017

Drunk driving continues to have a major impact on the holiday season.  Here is an infographic (updated for 2016, courtesy of SCRAM Systems) that puts this offense in perspective . . . very “sobering” statistics indeed.

 

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These Stats are Smokin’!

December 7, 2017

I know that smoking is somewhat passe these days and the number of smokers has dropped significantly (in the 1960s, approximately 42% of Americans smoked; by 2014 this percentage had dropped to 15.1% of all adults in 2015 (courtesy of the Center for Disease Control).  But when it comes to seniors (age 65+) how do the State rankings fare?  Here are the rankings by state of the percentages of seniors who currently smoke.

Highest percentage:
1. Tennessee (13.8%)
2. Oklahoma (13.0%)
3. Kentucky (12.3%)
3. Nevada (12.3%)
5. Arkansas (11.4%)
5. Louisiana (11.4%)
7. Indiana (10.9%)
8. New Mexico (10.8%)
9. West Virginia (10.7%)
9. Mississippi (10.7%)

Lowest percentage:
1. Utah (5.2%)
2. Hawaii (6.1%)
2. California (6.1%)
4. Texas (6.7%)
4. New Hampshire (6.7%)
6. Connecticut (7.3%)
7. Minnesota (7.4%)
8. Rhode Island (7.5%)
8. New Jersey (7.5%)
10. Maryland (7.6%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, November 2017, p. 44; America’s Health Rankings 2017 Senior Report.

How Does the Earth Match-up?!

October 11, 2017

Last month I shared an infographic that showed the Earth’s scale from the tallest mountaintop to the deepest ocean trench.  This month, let’s take a look (courtesy of yet another stunning infographic) at the size of the Earth and how it compares to other planets and stars in the universe.  Yet another lesson in perspective.  Enjoy!

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How About a Little Scale/Perspective?!

September 13, 2017

To truly understand where and how we fit into this world, here’s an infographic that will hopefully shed some light on the scale of the earth (from the tallest mountain to the deepest ocean trench).  Enjoy!

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Are You in Good Health?!

August 20, 2017

Do you know where your state ranks on the percentage of adults 65+ who say that their health is either “excellent” or “very good?”  Based upon a “Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey” from 2014, here are the states with the “healthiest” seniors versus the “least healthy” (based upon self-reports, of course).

Healthiest States
1. New Hampshire (51%)
2. Maine (50%)
2. Vermont (50%)
2. Colorado (50%)
5. Minnesota (48%)
6. Connecticut (47%)
6. Washington (47%)
6. Oregon (47%)
6. Alaska (47%)
10. Idaho (46%)
10. Nebraska (46%)
10. Wisconsin (46%)
10. Massachusetts (46%)

Least Healthy States
1. Alabama (30%)
2. Arkansas (33%)
3. West Virginia (34%)
3. Kentucky (34%)
3. Mississippi (34%)
3. Louisiana (34%)
7. Tennessee (35%)
7. Oklahoma (35%)
9. Indiana (38%)
9. Texas (38%)
9. Georgia (38%)
9. South Carolina (38%)
9. Hawaii (38%)

Source: “”Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey,” 2014 and AARP Bulletin, July-August 2017, p. 46