Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 14, 2012

In 2010, percentage of all households that included married couples with children, down from a high of 44 percent in 1960, according to a Population Reference Bureau report: 20

At the peak in 1960, percentage of all households that included married couples: 75

Today, percentage of all households where people live alone: 27

Source: Population Reference Bureau.

Number of times more likely hiring managers are to hire a mature worker 50 years old and older than a millennial, according to a survey from Adecco Staffing U.S.: 3

Percentage of respondents who say they view mature workers as reliable: 91

Percentage who consider them professional: 88

Source: Adecco.

Estimated average cost to a middle-income family to raise a child from birth through age 17, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture: $235,000

Percentage of families who are stressed about money: 80

Percentage of moms who are concerned about not having enough money to raise their children, a 10 percent increase from 2011: 70

Percentage of couples who admit they argue about money, according to BabyCenter's 2012 U.S. Cost of Raising a Child report: 70

Source: BabyCenter LLC.

Although it's been 45 years since Herbie hit the big screen in "The Love Bug," number of motorists who have been proposed to behind the wheel, according to research from Allianz: 1.9 million

Percentage of people who have offered relationship advice in the car: 20

On the nation's highways, number of motorists who have had the brakes put on their relationships and been dumped while in the car: 2.3 million

Source: Allianz Life Insurance.

Percentage of people who plan to don a costume on Halloween, up from 33.4 percent in 2009, according to the National Retail Federation: 40

Percentage of people donning costumes who will dress up their pets as well: 12

Percentage who will throw/attend a party: 33

Source: National Retail Federation.

Percentage of Americans who don't want to compromise on the quality of the food they buy regardless of current food prices, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Whole Foods Market: 73

Percentage of Americans who prefer to buy natural and/or organic foods over conventional foods if prices are comparable: 71

Percentage who are devoting more than a quarter of their grocery dollars to natural and/or organic products: 27

Source: Whole Foods Market.

Ranks of University of Virginia, University of Southern California, University of Florida, University of Texas and University of Wisconsin on the list of Top 10 Party Schools for 2012 as released by Playboy magazine: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Rank of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse, N.Y.) on the list of the country's "Worst Overall Party Schools": 1

Source: Playboy.

Percentage of Americans who approve of the U.S. government's drone campaign targeting extremist leaders and groups in nations such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, according to the Pew Research Center: 62

Of the 20 countries surveyed, number where more than half of respondents disapproved of the drone strikes: 17

Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Year that one of America's favorite singing cowboys -- Gene Autry -- was born, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1907

Estimated number of movies he made, besides making hundreds of recordings over his career of some 70 years: 100

Number of stars -- for radio, television, motion pictures, recording and live performance -- he has on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the only entertainer to achieve this: 5

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

When asked how they save on hotels, percentage of travelers who say they book rooms far in advance, according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express: 45

Percentage of respondents who use organizations' membership discounts, such as AAA and AARP to reduce hotel costs: 31

Percentage who use online services such as Priceline.com: 26

Source: GO Airport Express.

Idle Thought

"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." -- Oscar Wilde

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)