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The Average American Essay, Research Paper AVERAGE AMERICAN: A STATISTICAL REVIEW This research paper is about the average person in the United States. In this paperI will write about how much education the average person receives, and how much money the average person makes. I will also write about poverty, family life, and mortality.In October of 1995 there were a total of 13,752,000 students enrolled in public high schools throughout the country. The average person will only complete high schooland go on to college but not graduate from college. In 1995 there were 2,553,000 high school graduates but there were only 1,179,000 college graduates. I have found that the amount of education you receive directly effects the amount of money you will make in the future. While 18%

of Americans aged 25 and older lacked a high school diploma in 1995, 23% had a bachelor s degree or higher. These proportions differed greatly by age group. For example, 88% of 35- to 44-year-olds had a high school diploma and 27% had a bachelor s degree or more. But among those aged 75 or older, only 57% had a high school diploma and only 11% had a bachelor s degree or more. The nation s families had a median income of $38,782 in 1994. But 8% had incomes of $100,000 and over, while 12% were below the official government poverty level ($15,141 for a family of four).Persons who hold executive, administrative, and managerial positions make 703 dollars a week on average which is more than any other occupation. But when you compare men and women in the same position you find that men

make substantially more than women. The men make 829 dollars a week and the women make more than 200 dollars less at 605 dollars a week on average. Overall, per capita personal income increased to 24,651 dollars in 1997 The poverty rate is the proportion of the population whose income falls below the government s official poverty level, which is adjusted each year for inflation. The national poverty rate was 13.8% in 1995. Children remained overrepresented among the poor, with a poverty rate of 20.8%. As a group the elderly were slightly underrepresented.The total number of marriages for the first quarter of 1996 was 409,000, an increase of 1% over the number for the comparable period in 1995 (406,000). The marriage rate was 6.4 per 1,000 population, the same as the first quarter

of 1995. During the 12 months ending March 1996, an estimated 2,339,000 couples married, a decrease of 1% from the previous 12-month period (2,358,000). The 12-month marriage rate of 8.9 per 1,000 population was 1% lower than the rate for the same period ending with March 1995 (9.0). In 1994, 56% of men and 52% of women aged 15 and older were married. Of 97 million households in 1994, 71% contained families. Married couples maintained 78% of all families, while women with no husband present maintained 18%.About half of the nation s 68 million families contained children. Most families with children (25 million) included both a mother and a father; 8 million had a mother only, and 1 million contained only a father. Of the 29 million households without families, 83% consisted of a

person living alone. During the 12 months ending March 1996, there were an estimated 3,873,000 live births, 2% fewer than reported for the comparable period ending a year earlier (3,959,000). The birthrate was 14.7 per 1,000 population, 3% below the rate for the 12 months ending March 1995 (15.1). These lower rates continue the generally downward trend observed since early 1991. According to provisional statistics for the first quarter of 1996, there were 957,000 births, a decrease from the number reported for the same 3-month period in 1995 (976,000). The birthrate declined by 3%, from 15.1 per 1,000 population in the first quarter of 1995 to 14.6 in the first quarterof 1996.A total of 272,000 couples divorced during the first quarter of 1996, a 4% decrease compared with the