“Every gun that is made, every war ship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, from those who are cold and not clothed.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Population: 313.85 million
Fertility Rate: From 2.2 children/woman in 1970 to 2.1 children/woman in 2010
Life Expectancy: From 72 years (1970) to 78 years (2010)
Infant mortality: 6 deaths / 1000 live births
Male/Female Ratio: 0.97 male / female
Major Religions: Protestantism, Roman Catholicism
– The United States (U.S.) is the biggest military spender in the world. The world’s top 10 military powers spent a combined total of $1.2 trillion on defense in 2011. The U.S. accounted for 58% of that, with $696 billion spent on defense.
– U.S. weapons sales tripled in 2011 to a record high. Overseas weapons sales totalled $66.3 billion last year, or more than three-quarters of the global arms market, valued at $85.3 billion in 2011. This was the largest single-year sales total in the history of United States arms exports.
– In the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court ruled that women, in consultation with their physician, have a constitutionally protected right to have an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy free from government interference. From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S.
– Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. At current rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45.
– There have been more than a million divorces EVERY YEAR since 1975. For every two marriages established since 1975, about one existing marriage was dissolved. On the average, 23% of American couples have divorced after five years of marriage. This may be the highest rate in the developed world.
– The number of unwed couples who are living together multiplied, soaring from 523,000 in 1970 to 7.5 million in 2010—more than a thirteen-fold increase.
– The first gay pride march in the U.S. was held on June 28, 1970 in New York.
– In 2004 same-sex marriage became a reality in the United States, with Massachusetts becoming the first state to perform same-sex marriages. In May 2012, Mr. Barrack Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to publicly support gay marriage.