ZZZ…United States Statistics – 1906

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  • The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
  • Only 14% of U.S. homes had a bathtub.
  • Only 8% of U.S. homes had a telephone.
  • A 3-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.00.
  • There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 MPH.
  • Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the nation.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
  • The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
  • The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • More than 95% of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
  • 90% of all U.S. doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”
  • Sugar cost 4 cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents a dozen. Coffee was 15 cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
  • The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
    1. Pneumonia and influenza
    2. Tuberculosis
    3. Diarrhea
    4. Heart disease
    5. Stroke
  • The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.
  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
  • 1 in 10 U.S. adults were illiterate. Only 6% of Americans had graduated from high school.
  • There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”
  • 18% of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
  • There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.A.