WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Friday, October 21st. An invention was demonstrated on this date in 1879 that lit the way for a dramatic change in the rhythm of Americans' daily lives. At his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory, Thomas Edison set up the first incandescent light bulb, which burned for almost 14 hours. Within a few years, some cities had installed electric streetlights. The number of homes across the U.S. with electricity grew steadily, but even in 1940, more than one-in-five houses was without power. Today, 100 percent of the U.S. has access to electricity. American homes on average consume nearly 11,000-kilowatt hours of electricity each year. The national average bill for this power is $114 per month, but over $187 in Hawaii. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Invention of light bulb/accessed 7/29/2016: http://www.menloparkmuseum.org/thomas-edison-and-menlo-park
1940 electrification: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 827
Availability of electricity/accessed 7/29/2016: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EG.ELC.ACCS.ZS
Average home electric consumption/accessed 7/29/2016: http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=97&t=3
Table of average electric bills by state/accessed 7/29/2016: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/xls/table5_a.xls
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau