Report: Gun production in US triples since 2000


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As deaths mount from gun-related violence in the U.S., so do the sales of firearms, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Data from 2020 shows how gun production has increased nearly threefold over the past 20 years, rising from the manufacture of 3.9 million guns in 2000 to more than 11.3 million in 2020.

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Pistols made up the bulk of this surge, rising from 962,900 handguns being produced in 2000, up to 5.5 million by 2020.


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Where long guns used for hunting were once the gun of choice, handguns, which are primarily used for personal protection, took the lead in 2009.

U.S. police recovered around 20,000 “ghost guns,” in 2021. According to the New York Times, these unserialized, untraceable homemade weapons make up as many as half of the weapons recovered at crime scenes in California.

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From eating acres of pizza each year to owning more guns than there are people in the country, there is a myriad of American facts that probably won’t surprise you, but are a good glimpse into what makes up American culture.

So, if you’re curious about how many Americans believe UFOs have landed on Earth or how much Netflix content Americans have watched during quarantine, keep reading.

More than 40% of Americans have never left the country.


13% of Americans have never flown in a plane.

The average American consumes 40 pounds of cheese every year. 


Just 3.4% of Americans are vegetarian. 


67% of American households have at least one pet.

As of 2019, about 32% of adults see one movie in theaters each month. 


More than nine in every 10 Americans eat pizza every month. Some estimates found that Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza daily.  

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The CDC found that about 84.8 million adult Americans eat fast food on any given day. That’s about 37% of the U.S. adult population.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration found that the average American drives roughly 13,500 miles every year.

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USA Today found that, in the U.S., there are more guns than people. For every 100 people, there are about 101 guns. 


About 43 million Americans identify as ancestrally German. That makes German the top nationality in the U.S.

82% of U.S. adults who are 18 to 34 years old have posted a selfie to social media.


Americans read an average of 12 books per year. As such, the average American read four books in the past year.

 10% of Americans own cryptocurrencies, which equals about 33 million Americans.

The average American eats more than 23 pounds of ice cream each year. 


Just under half of Americans believe UFOs exist and have landed on the Earth at some point.


54% of surveyed Americans have visited 10 states or fewer in the lifetimes.

Over half surveyed Americans said they don’t have a passport and never have had one.

According to a Pew Research Center study, 57% of Americans believe that individuals control their own success. That’s more than any other county surveyed.

According to a Gallup poll, 24% of American adults have moved states within the last five years. 

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About 805,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. An estimated 605,000 of those have experienced a heart attack for the first time, and 200,000 have had one previously.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one-third of America’s adult population has a bachelor’s degree.

In 2019, 35.22 million Americans ate an average of 16 or more bags of chips, according to Statistica. 

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Americans drink an average of 2.3 gallons of alcohol per year. That includes beer, wine and mixed beverages.


In 2017, Gallup found that 4.5% of adult Americans identified as LGBT+, with 5.1% of women identifying as LGBT compared to 3.9% of men. 


Americans spend an average of 6.31 hours on the internet daily.


In 2018, 54.4% of adult Americans bought a product online using Amazon Prime.

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26% of American adults say that they are ‘almost constantly’ online.


73% of American adults say they use YouTube, according to a 2019 survey. 90% of 18- 24-year-olds reported that number as 90%.

96% of Americans now own a cellphone.


In 2019, the National Chicken Council found that Americans eat an average of  96.5 pounds of chicken per capita.

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The typical American consumes 18 pounds of bacon each year.


123.44 million Americans ate waffles in 2020.


In 2020, 178.98 million Americans ate frozen fried chicken.

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In 2018, 16% of Americans out of 1,000 surveyed said they’d marry fried chicken if they could.

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The average American has $6,194 in credit card debt.

The average student loan debt in America is $32,731, which is a 20% increase from 2015-2016.


Despite record voter turnout for the 2020 presidential election, about 80 million Americans didn’t vote.

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About 14% of American homeowners (17 million) owe more on their home than it’s worth.


Some studies found that 1 out of every 8 Americans have worked at McDonald’s. 

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The typical American adult (over the age of 18) watches four hours of TV a day.


Some estimates say that Americans have watched a combined 203.8 million hours of Netflix each day since quarantine started. 

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The Washington Post found in 2019 that the average American has about five leisure hours a day.

On the average day, the typical American woman gets 14 minutes of exercise, compared to 24 for men.

About 20% of Americans can speak two or more languages fluently. 


The average American visits their doctor four times a year. That compares to 13 times a year in Japan.

91% of Americans over 20 have had at least one cavity.

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58.5% of Americans live in their home state.

USAToday found that in 2019, 48.2% of Americans over the age of 15 were married. 

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In 2019, 14.9 out of every 1,000 American marriages ended in divorce, which is an all-time low.

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