100 Years of Change

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100 Years of Change

What life was like, then and now.

Let’s explore some of the ways American life has changed in 100 years.

Working World

Average individual income:

1913 $800
2013 $26,364

Unemployment

1913 6.6%
2013 7.6%

Home Life

People per household

1913 4.52
2013 2.59

Median age at first marriage

1913 23.35
2013 27.05

Most Popular Baby Names

1913

Boys  Girls

John  Mary

William  Helen

James  Dorothy

Robert  Margaret

Joseph  Ruth

2013

Boys  Girls

Aiden  Sophia

Jackson  Emma

Ethan  Olivia

Liam  Isabella

Mason  Ava

Population

Overall population

1913 97,225,000
2013 311,591,917

By ethnicity (percentage of overall population)

Year White Black Other races

1913 88.8% 10.7% 0.5%
2013 63.4% 13.1% 23.5%

Life expectancy

1913 52.65
2013 78.2

Education

School-aged Children Enrolled in School

1913 59.2%
2013 96.5%

High School Graduates*

1913 12.8%
2013 85.4%

* Early figures measured 17-year-olds; modern calculation includes up to age 25

Bachelor’s Degrees*

1913 2.3%
2013 28.2%

* Early figures measured 23-year-olds; modern calculations start at age 25

Everyday Life

Entertainment

1913

“Traffic in Soles” is the top-grossing film, bringing in $413,000 ($9.4 million in today’s dollars)

Top Songs

  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Chauncy Olcott
  • Peg o’ My Heart by Charles Harrison
  • The Spaniard Who Blighted My Life by Al Jolson
  • When I Lost You by Henry Burr
  • Row! Row! Row! by Ada Jones

2013

“Iron Man 3” takes in more than $340 million

Top Songs

  • Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Just Give Me a Reason by P!nk
  • Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
  • When I was Your Man by Bruno Mars
  • Stay by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko

Technology

1913

All-purpose zipper patented and stainless steel invented

Henry Ford introduces the moving assembly line

The first published crossword puzzle comes out

2013

Windows 8 brings more touchscreen capability to computers

The Internet of Everything holds promise for connecting all Internet-enabled devices; 80% of American households have Internet access

60 million people download Words With Friends app

In the News

1913

Women march for voting rights in Washington DC and London

16th (income tax) and 17th Amendments (popular election of senators) adopted

2013

Bombers strike Boston Marathon, killing three

Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes the first pope from the Americas

Sports

College Football

1913: Harvard (9-0) and Chicago (7-0) both claim the national championship

2013: Alabama (12-1) defeats Notre Dame (12-1) for the title

Kentucky Derby

1913: Donerail becomes longest odds winner in the history of the Derby with odds of 91-1

2013: Favored horse Orb wins the race

Shopping

Popular Stores

1913

Woolworth’s

Montgomery Ward

J.C. Penney

2013

McDonald’s

Wal-Mart

Starbucks

Most Powerful Companies

1913

General Electric

Westinghouse

Hudson Motor Company

Dutch Boy Paint

Campbell’s Soup

2013

Wal-Mart Stores

ExxonMobil

Apple

Berkshire Hathaway

General Electric

Sources:

IRS, Huffington Post, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infoplease.com, demographia.com, University of California-Berkeley, Google Public Data, U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Education Statistics, CNN Money, 247wallst.com, Billboard.com, IMBD

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