Facts of how life has improved in the U.S.

7.7% of adults had a college degree in 1960. Today 28% have a college degree.
62% of Americans owned their homes in 1960. 67% own their homes today.
40% of Americans regularly smoked cigarettes in 1969. Today, only 22% regularly smoke.
In the 60’s, JFK, RFK, MLK were all assassinated.
In 1969, Americans owned 90 million firearms, today they own 393 million firearms.
Drug use reached a peak in the late 1970s.
Poverty rate has declined over the past half-century, from 22.1% in 1960 to 14.4% today.
Abortion rates are less than half what they were at their peak in the early 1980s.
Viol­ent crime has fallen by 51% since 1991, and prop­erty crime by 43%.
In 1980, the U.S. homicide rate hovered at 10.2 per 100,000 residents, more than twice the current homicide rate.
Since the 1960s these are some of the changes –
People are getting married much older,
divorce has been trending downwards since the early 1990s,
First-time mothers are getting older,
More mothers pursue additional education,
Family size is decreasing,
The number of working mothers is increasing,
Families are attending church less frequently,
House size has increased,
More families are renting homes,
Family incomes are higher,
Pregnant workers have legal protection,
Family vacations are on the rise,
Families are safer on the road,
Less is being spent on clothing,
There are more interracial families,
Men are helping more with housework,
Pet ownership has quadrupled,
Birth control is more readily available,
Health care costs are rising,
Life expectancy is going up,
People are retiring later,
Giving birth has become easier,
Teen pregnancy rates are down,
The number of children in day care is up,
Physical punishments for children are down,
More families place importance on higher education,
More children are receiving a public education,
Women can open a line of credit

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