WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 20: FIREPLACES
Profile America -- Monday, December 20th. Many of the holiday cards we receive picture either Santa Claus or families gathered around the hearth to enjoy the warmth and color of a fireplace. As with many of today's luxuries, fireplaces were once a necessity. For much of the nation's history, most homes were heated by multiple fireplaces, and those households had to cut and stack wood for cooking and to keep the house warm. Now, fireplaces are primarily a source of charm and ambiance. Across the U.S., 35 percent of all homes have a working fireplace, while only 2-1/2 percent are heated primarily with either an open fireplace or a wood burning stove insert. Just five years ago, that proportion was more than twice as large. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 967, 966
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau