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$53,850: The average total debt among Americans with a credit file in 2013

That number was substantially higher for people with a mortgage ($209,768) than people without a mortgage ($11,592).

Source: 2014, Debt in America
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$15,900: The median wealth of young families in 2010, a third of young families’ wealth in 1983

$15,900: The median wealth of young families in 2010, a third of young families’ wealth in 1983

In regard to wealth accumulation, millennials are a “lost generation,” due to the recession, student loan debt, and other factors.

Source: 2013, Lost Generations? Wealth Building among Young Americans
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38.4% of black US children were poor in 2012, compared with 21.8% of all US children

38.4% of black US children were poor in 2012, compared with 21.8% of all US children

More than one in five children in the United States lives in poverty—a total of over 16 million poor kids in all.

Source: 2013, Poverty in the United States
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10%: The share of the federal budget dedicated to spending on children in 2014

kids' share of the federal budget

The children’s share of the federal budget is projected to drop from 10 percent in 2014 to less than 8 percent in 2025. 

Source: 2015, Kids’ Share 2015: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2014
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78.8% of students in Sierra Leone in 2011 could walk to a school in 30 minutes or less

78.8% of students in Sierra Leone in 2011 could walk to a school in 30 minutes or less

That number is up from 68 percent in 2005.

Source: 2014, Local Government Discretion and Accountability in Sierra Leone
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0.08%: The projected increase in health insurance coverage rates due to ACA’s employer mandate

.08%: The projected increase in health insurance coverage rates due to ACA’s employer mandate

The ACA’s employer mandate will not significantly expand coverage, and it may even have negative effects on low-wage workers.

Source: 2014, Why Not Just Eliminate the Employer Mandate?
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