The Page That Counts :: Summer 2010

Wild Tiger

Percentage by which the wild tiger population has decreased since 1900: 95 [1]

Number of tigers believed to exist in the wild today: 3,200

Number of tigers estimated to be in captivity in the United States: 5,000

Percentage of tigers in the United States in zoos and other facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums: 6


Approximate number of times larger the U.S. prison population is today than it was 30 years ago: 5 [2]

Number of New York City residents incarcerated in upstate New York prisons: 43,740 [3]

Number of New York state senate districts that would need to be redrawn if prisoners were counted where they were from instead of where they are held : 7

Number of states that had completely refused federal stimulus money as of February 2010: 18


Florida’s approximate unemployment rate in February 2010: 12%

Amount of federal money Florida could receive but has declined: $444.3 million [5]

Least amount it would cost Florida per year to expand unemployment benefits to qualify for the money: $73.7 million

Average number of deaths per year in the United States from 1996-2006: 2,431,233 [6]

Number of organ donors in 2009 reported as of March 26, 2010 : 14,631 [7]

Number of candidates waiting for organ transplants reported as of March 31, 2010: 106,729

Species photo

Number of identified species, according to the world’s most comprehensive list of plants and animals: 1.9 million [8]

Number of species that have been added to the list since it was compiled by Australian researchers in 2006: 114,000

Percentage of mammals that are endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature: 21 [9]

Percentage of amphibians that are endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature: 29

Percentage of Americans who believe one of the country’s greatest assets is its military’s strength and superiority: 14 [10]

Percentage who cite military unpreparedness, lack of security from terrorism, and involvement in wars as a national weakness: 15

Percentage who believe the American people themselves are one of the greatest assets: 35


Teach For America Photo by Tulane Publications

Number of 2008 U.S. House candidates, out of 435, who won despite being outspent by their competitors: 32 [11]

Number of 2008 U.S. Senate candidates, out of 35, who won despite being outspent by their competitors: 5

Odds that a challenger who spent less than $1 million would beat a U.S. House incumbent in the 2008 election: 302:1 [12]

Number of applications Teach for America received from college seniors in 2009: 35,000


Number of individuals Teach for America accepted in 2009 (a record): 4,100


More Page That Counts

Spring 2010

Percentage of regional GDP spent on transportation in car-based cities: 12–15. Percentage of regional GDP spent on transportation in mass transit-based cities: 5–8



Winter 2010

Number of Boeing 747 jets that could be built with the aluminum cans thrown away by airlines in a year: 58 ...



  1. Tiger Policy, World Wildlife Fund, verified by Director of Media Relations Lee Poston.

  2. Key Facts at a Glance: Correctional Populations, Department of Justice, 2008,

  3. Prison Policy Initiative, 2010,

  4. Saying No To Stimulus Makes Cents For Many States, Alan Greenblatt, NPR, Feb.17, 2010.

  5. Robby Cunningham, Center for Workforce Innovation, March 2010.

  6. U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports (NVSR), Vol.    57, No. 14, pg.18, April 17, 2009.

  7. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / Health Resources and Services  Administration / Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network,

  8. Number of Living Species in Australia and the World, 2nd Edition. A.D.Chapman, Australian Biodiversity Information Services, September 2009.

  9. Table 1: Numbers of threatened species by major groups of organisms (1996–2009), International Union for Conservation of Nature’s 2009 survey.

  10. One in Three Cite ‘American People’ as Key U.S. Asset, Lydia Saad, USA Today/Gallup, Jan. 8-10, 2010.

  11. Douglas Weber, senior researcher for Center for Responsive Politics, March 11, 2010.

  12. Odds Against Beating a US House Incumbent Based on Spending by the Challenger,   Center for Responsive Politics,

  13. Teach for America, May 28, 2009.


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