It has been said that you can manipulate statistics to show anything that you might want to demonstrate. I was reading an article in one of the newspapers about how the Bush administration continues to manipulate statistics on terrorism. Um… okay, no surprise there. Let’s move on to some statistics that are interesting from an educational viewpoint.
We’ll start specific and move to global interest. I often get asked how many people work at Microsoft and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. Today SeattlePi.com reports:
Microsoft had 89,809 employees worldwide at the end of May, a company spokesman said Thursday. That compares with 78,565 in June 2007, the end of its previous fiscal year.
That works out to the biggest annual growth in the company’s history — even before the current fiscal year concludes at the end of this month. The past record was in 2006, when Microsoft added about 10,000 employees.
Another statistic that come up every once in a while is how large is Seattle. Turns out that isn’t an easy question to ask. If you are talking about only Seattle and not the surrounding ‘burbs, you get this rather dated statistic from the 2000 census:
- Population: 563,374
- Households: 258,499
- Median household income: $45,736
- People in poverty: 64,068
- Adults with college degree: 53.6%
- Median rent: $721
I’m guessing the population is now just under 600,000 but I have no way of substantiating my hypothesis. Here is another guess:
- City -582,454
- Density – 6,901/sq mi (2,665/km²)
- Urban – 3,263,497
- Metro – 3,919,624
If my math is right, over half of the population of Washington state resides in the Seattle Metro area!
And of course there is the inevitable question about our weather answered rather handily by the Wikipedia entry on Seattle under there Jet City entry. (I thought we were the Emerald City.):
Note how little rain there is in the May through September aka Summer months. Shhh… don’t tell anyone!
My final statistical search is one to answer that perennial question, how many people are there on this blue marble, aka the third rock from the sun. Jay Leno was joking about if a girl made it with a movie star all her friends would be told. If a guy make it with a famous movie star, all 6 billion people on the planet would know. Checking with the U.S. Census Bureau’s World Population Clocks we get this info:
15:17 GMT (EST+5) Jun 20, 2008
Hey, Jay was only off by 704 million souls. Have a great weekend everyone!