WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the U.S. Census Bureau:
Earth Day: April 22, 2014
April 22, 2014, marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. The day came from reaction to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 16-22) ― this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.
Heating and Cooling the Home
2.4 million Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by wood in 2012, which is 2.1 percent of all homes.
42,747 Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country totally heated by solar energy in 2012.
57.0 million Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by utility gas in 2012, which is 49.4 percent of all homes.
25.7 minutes Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older across the country spent getting to work in 2012, up from 25.5 minutes in 2011 and 25.3 minutes in 2010.
31.9 and 31.8 minutes Estimated average time for workers age 16 and older in Maryland and New York spent getting to work in 2012, the longest commute time in the nation. (The two times are not statistically different.) Maryland's time is down from 32.2 minutes in 2011.
16.7 and 17.4 minutes Estimated average time workers age 16 and older in South Dakota and North Dakota spent getting to work in 2012, the shortest one-way commute times in the nation. (The two times are not statistically different.)
864,883 Estimated number of people who rode a bicycle to work in 2012. This comes out to about 0.6 percent of the American workforce.
3,969,058 Estimated number of people who walked to work in 2012. This comes out to about 2.8 percent of the American workforce.
$1.2 billion Estimated revenue for "waste collection – hazardous waste management collection services" in 2012 for estimated sources of revenue for U.S. employer firms. This was down 13.1 percent from 2011.
$5.7 billion Estimated revenue for "waste treatment and disposal – hazardous waste treatment and disposal services" in 2012 for estimated sources of revenue for U.S. employer firms. This was down 5.1 percent from 2011.
$8.2 billion Estimated revenue for "local, fixed-route passenger transportation, by road and transit rail" in 2012 for estimated sources of revenue for employer firms. This is up 8.7 percent from 2011.
Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Profile America Facts for Features series:
African-American History Month (February)
Back to School (August)
Super Bowl (usually first Sunday in February)
Labor Day (first Monday in September)
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
Grandparents Day (first Sunday after Labor Day)
Women's History Month (March)
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
Unmarried and Single Americans Week
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
(third full week of September)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Halloween (Oct. 31)
Older Americans Month (May)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
Mother's Day (second Sunday in May)
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Father's Day (third Sunday in June)
Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
The Fourth of July (July 4)
The Holiday Season (December)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act
Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Profile America Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or email: [email protected].