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Earth Day celebrated April 22

April 22, 2012

Bill and Bethany Bryne take advantage of the beautiful weather Sunday to spend some time with their sons Anthony and Josh in Broken Bow's city square.

April 22, 2012, marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 16-22) the U.S. Census Bureau put out a special edition of Profile America Facts for Features which includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.

Did You Know?

$715 million - This is the estimated revenue for “residential nonhazardous recyclable collection services” in 2010 for U.S. employer firms, and that this figure is up 26.5 percent from 2009.
Source: 2010 Service Annual Survey

2.2 million - Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by wood in 2010, which is less than 2 percent of all homes. Source: 2006-2010 American Community Survey five-year estimates, Table B25040.

38,010 - Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by solar energy in 2010. Source: 2006-2010 American Community Survey five-year estimates, Table B25040.

57.0 million - Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by utility gas in 2010, which is about half of all homes. Source: 2006-2010 American Community Survey five-year estimates, Table B25040.

88 percent - Estimated percent of newly built single-family homes across the country with air-conditioning in 2010. In 1974, it was 48 percent. Source: 2010 Characteristics of New Housing

25.3 minutes - Estimated average time for workers 16 years and older across the country spent getting to work in 2010, up from 25.1 minutes in 2009. Source: 2010 American Community Survey

2,392 square feet - The average size of a single-family house built in 2010, down from 2,438 square feet in 2009. Source: 2010 Characteristics of New Housing

$272,900 - The average sales price of a new single-family home in 2010, up from $270,900 in 2009 but down from $313,600 in 2007. Source: 2010 Characteristics of New Housing

36.8 million - The 2010 Census population (as of April 1, 2010) of the coastal portion of states stretching from North Carolina to Texas ― the area most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. Approximately 12 percent of the nation’s population live in these areas. Source: 2010 Census

15 - The number of hurricanes to hit Florida’s Monroe County from 1960 to 2008, the most in the country. The 2010 population of 73,090 was down 8.2 percent from 2000. Lafourche Parish in Louisiana and Carteret County in North Carolina have each seen 14 hurricanes from 1960 to 2008. Lafourche’s population has risen 7.1 percent over the past decade while Carteret’s population has risen 11.9 percent. Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Services Center

U.S. Census Bureau State and County QuickFacts are found at

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