1970-1979: ERA OF CRISES


Comparing the numbers

Population of Allen County

1970 280,455

1980 294,335

Today 312,091*

Life expectancy at birth (U.S.)

1970 70.9

1980 73.7

Today 76.1**

Annual murder rate per 100,000 (U.S.)

1970 8.3

1980 10.2***

Today 7.4**

Percent of high school graduates among adults (U.S.)

1970 55.2%****

1980 68.6%****

Today 82.8%****

National population (U.S.)

1970 205,052,174

1980 227,224,681

Today 267,636,061*****


*1997 estimate by the U.S. Bureau of the Census;
**1996;
***1999 World Almanac;
****Percent of people 25 years old and over who have completed four years of high school or more;
****1997.

Today figures are the most recent numbers available.

Sources: 1998 Statistical Abstract, Historical Statistics of the U.S., and U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Research by James Grant of The News-Sentinel


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