Life in the Slow Lane

January 22, 2009

Super Bowl facts and figures

Filed under: Life,Sports — pauljlane @ 1:03 pm

Following, from the U.S. Census Bureau, are some trivia tidbits about the two cities (phoenix and Pittsburgh) whose cities will take part in Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla.

Phoenix (Arizona Cardinals)
• 5th: Where Phoenix ranked on the list of the nation’s most populous cities. The estimated population of Phoenix on July 1, 2007, was 1.6 million. Phoenix gained 34,941 people from July 1, 2006, to July 1, 2007, the second-largest numerical increase in the nation. (The Cardinals actually play in Glendale, Ariz., which had an estimated population on July 1, 2007, of 253,152, making it the 70th most populous city in the nation.)
• 24: Percentage of Phoenix residents 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2007; 77 percent had at least graduated from high school. The respective national figures were 28 percent and 85 percent.
• 26 minutes: Average amount of time it took Phoenix residents to get to work. Seventy-three percent of the city’s workers drove to work alone, 15 percent carpooled and 4 percent took public transportation. Nationally, it took workers an average of 25 minutes to get to work. (There is no statistically significant difference between Phoenix and the nation in the average travel-to-work time.)
• 40: Percentage of Phoenix residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home. The national average was 20 percent.
• $48,061: Median household income for Phoenix. The national median was $50,740.
• $246,600: Median home value of owner-occupied homes in Phoenix. The national median was $194,300.
Pittsburgh (Steelers)
• 60th: Where Pittsburgh ranked on the list of the nation’s most populous cities. The estimated population of Pittsburgh on July 1, 2007, was 311,218. Pittsburgh’s population declined by 2,450 from July 1, 2006, to July 1, 2007.
• 32: Percentage of Pittsburgh residents 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2007; 87 percent had at least graduated from high school. The respective national figures were 28 percent and 85 percent.
• 22 minutes: Average amount of time it took Pittsburgh residents to get to work. Fifty-six percent of the city’s workers drove to work alone, 9 percent carpooled and 18 percent took public transportation. Nationally, it took workers an average of 25 minutes to get to work.
• 11: Percentage of Pittsburgh residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home. The national average was 20 percent.
• $32,363: Median household income for Pittsburgh. The national median was $50,740.
• $84,500: Median home value of owner-occupied homes in Pittsburgh. The national median was $194,300.

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