Report: Nearly a quarter of Americans haven’t read a book in the past year | The Numbers Racket

BY: - October 18, 2021

23 percent of U.S. adults say they haven’t read part of or a whole book in print, electronic, or audio format, during the past year

Pa.’s Highways, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

BY: - October 11, 2021

According to the 2020 Highway Statistics report, released this year by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials, the Keystone state has many miles of highway for road warriors and joyriders to traverse. 

Pa. hit liquor sales record in 2020-21 fiscal year | The Numbers Racket

BY: - October 4, 2021

The record sales and revenue reported by the PLCB are , in almost all comparisons, a rebound from the 2019-20 fiscal year, which saw state-run liquor sales slump statewide as the stores closed for a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Hispanic Heritage Month, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

BY: - September 27, 2021

According to the 2020 census count, people who identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino comprised  the second-largest ethnic group in the U.S., accounting for more than 18 percent of the population, or more than 62 million people. 

Slim majority sees reckoning over racial history as a positive | The Numbers Racket

BY: - September 20, 2021

More than 400 years after the first Africans were brought to what would become the United States on slave ships, 53 percent of American adults say that increased attention to that history is a good thing for society while 26 percent say the opposite. 

Community colleges hardest hit by pandemic enrollment declines | The Numbers Racket

BY: - September 13, 2021

Overall, postsecondary enrollment dropped by 3.5 percent or 603,000 students in the Spring of 2021, according to a June report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. 

Labor Day 2021, by the Numbers | The Numbers Racket

BY: - September 6, 2021

Once known as the “workingmen’s (and women’s) holiday,” Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday of September, has become the unofficial end of summer, and the day in which we pack up our white clothing until next year. 

Here’s how much you’re spending to send your kids back to school | The Numbers Racket

BY: - August 30, 2021

It’s that time of year again. Students are heading back to school and back to campus as the school year begins again for many of Pennsylvania’s students.  The National Retail Federation, a retail industry trade association, is projecting increased spending among consumers as students make an in-person return to classrooms this fall.  “We enter the […]

Risk of drowning more prevalent in the summer months | The Numbers Racket

BY: - August 23, 2021

Of those under age 30 in the U.S., drowning is one of the top three leading causes of death by unintentional injury.

Study: Trusted messengers can move the needle on GOP climate change acceptance | The Numbers Racket

BY: - August 16, 2021

If you’ve ever listened to a state House Environment Resources and Energy Committee Meeting, you know Republicans can be … well, resistant, to accepting the scientific community’s conclusion on climate change, of which 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that humans are causing climate change.  But recent research published in Nature Climate Change, […]

U.S.-Canadian border reopens as views shift on pandemic | The Numbers Racket

BY: - August 9, 2021

The U.S. border with Canada is set to reopen Monday after a 17-month closure, prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, banned nonessential travel between the two countries. 

What Pa. county has the most miles of hiking trails? | The Numbers Racket

BY: - August 2, 2021

If, like many Pennsylvanians, you’re hitting one of the many hiking trails the Keystone State has to offer, you may be wondering what areas have the most miles of trails for optimal exploration.