Key stats, graphs, and maps on economic and social policy
Those with bachelor’s degrees earn 79% more than high school grads
There are many ways to assess education’s payoff, but the earnings gap for all those wanting employment is vast.
In 2012, 37% of graduate-degree recipients had borrowed $50,000 or more to pay for school
That year, 14 percent of graduate-degree recipients owed as much as $100,000 for undergraduate and graduate studies combined.
22.4% of Americans without a high school degree received SNAP or cash aid in 2010
Only 3.2 percent of Americans with bachelor’s degrees received aid in 2010 – still more than double the pre-recession rate.
The US gained 6.2 million fewer jobs after the Great Recession than the 1980s recession
Weak job growth after the recession has contributed to historically high rates of long-term (more than six months) unemployment.
In large tribal areas, the share of households lacking full plumbing was 11.5x the US average
Native Americans have seen gains in housing quality, but large gaps in access to basic facilities still remain.
Pimps in Washington, DC, had average weekly cash incomes of $11,588 between 2005 and 2011
The estimated revenues of America’s underground sex economies range from $39.9 million in Denver to $290 million in Atlanta.