updated 1/24/2011 5:34:31 PM ET 2011-01-24T22:34:31

As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver the annual State of the Union address to Congress, here is a look at some of the facts and figures that shape American life and how they have changed in the past decade (based on the latest available data, compiled from multiple sources).

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Economy and business
Unemployed workers, January 2000: 4.0%
Unemployed workers, January 2011: 9.4%

Dow Industrial Average, Jan. 25, 2000:11,029
Dow Industrial Average, Jan. 20, 2011:11,822

U.S. federal debt, September 2000:$5,674,178,209,886
U.S. federal debt, September 2010:$13,561,623,030,891

Median new home price, January 2000: $163,500
Median new home price, November 2010: $213,000

Household income (top 5%), 2000:$252,400
Household income (top 5%), 2009:$295,388

Household income (bottom 5%), 2000:$10,157
Household income (bottom 5%), 2009:$11,552

Total U.S. population, 2000: 281,421,906
Total U.S. population, 2010:308,745,538

No. of U.S. millionaires, 2000:6.3 million
No. of U.S. millionaires, 2010:7.8 million

Price of admission to Forbes 400 list, 2000:$725 million
Price of admission to Forbes 400 list, 2010:$1 billion

Health
Life expectancy at birth, 2000:76.8 years
Life expectancy at birth, 2010:78.3 years, projected

No. of uninsured Americans, 2000: 38.4 million
No. of uninsured Americans, 2010:
50.7 million

Cancer deaths, all causes, 2000:553,091
Cancer deaths, all causes, 2010:
569,490

Politics
Congressional approval, December 2000:55% approve; 30% disapprove     
Congressional approval, September 2010:
20% approve, 73% disapprove

Hillary Clinton approval, December 2000:50% positive, 33% negative
Hillary Clinton approval, December 2010:54% positive, 27% negative

Confidence in national news media, December 2000:40% have little or no confidence
Confidence in national news media, January 2011:42% have little or no confidence

Confidence in the federal government, December 2000:19% have little or no confidence
Confidence in the federal government, January 2010:
35% have little or no confidence

Hispanic/Latino electorate in 2000 election:7%
Hispanic/Latino electorate in 2008 election:9%

Women serving in Congress, 2000: 67
Women serving in Congress, 2011: 93

African-American members in U.S. Senate, 2000:0
African-American members in U.S. Senate, 2011:0

Travel
Average price of a gallon of gas, 2000:$1.51/gallon
Average price of a gallon of gas, 2011:
$3.08/gallon

Average airfare, 2000:$339
Average airfare, 2011: $335 (through second quarter of 2010)

First-bag fee, 2000: None
First-bag fee, 2010:$20-25 (on most major U.S. carriers)

Average hotel, 2000:$85.89/night
Average hotel, 2011:$97.89/night (through September 2010)

One-day ticket to Walt Disney World, 2000:$46
One-day ticket to Walt Disney World, 2011:$82

Tech and Science
Google searches per day, 2000: 30 million
Google searches per day, 2011:
Over one billion

Wireless phone subscribers in U.S., 2000:97 million (34% population)
Wireless phone subscribers in U.S., 2011:293 million (93% population)

Facebook users, worldwide, 2000: 0
Facebook users, worldwide, 2011:600 million

Federal spending on research and development, 2000:$99 billion (actual spending)
Federal spending on research and development, 2011:$148 billion (proposed)

NASA science missions in operation, 2000: 38
NASA science missions in operation, 2011:67

Education
Public schools that require student uniforms, 1999-2000:12%
Public schools that require student uniforms, 2007-2008:18%

Public schools reporting the use of one or more security cameras, 1999-2000:19%
Public schools reporting the use of one or more security cameras, 1999-2000:55%

Nationwide graduation rates at public high schools, 2000-2001:71.7%
Nationwide graduation rates at public high schools, 2007-2008:74.9%

Average salary for public high school teachers, 1999-2000:$42,546
Average salary for public high school teachers, 2008-2009:$53,724

Minorities enrolled in 4-year institutions, 2000:1.5 million
Minorities enrolled in 4-year institutions, 2007:1.8 million

Average college tuition for 4-year private institutions, 1999-2000:$20,706
Average college tuition for 4-year private institutions, 2009-2010:$26,273

Science and math literacy (U.S. ranking on OECD PISA test given to 15-year-olds), 2000:14th in science, 19th in math
Science and math literacy (U.S. ranking on OECD PISA test given to 15-year-olds), 2009:23rd in science, 31st in math

Sports
Highest paid athletes (includes salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, appearance fees), 2000:Michael Schumacher, $59 million
Highest paid athletes (includes salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, appearance fees), 2010:Tiger Woods, $105 million

Cost of a Super Bowl ad, 2000:$2.1 million
Cost of a Super Bowl ad, 2011:$3 million

Rose Bowl payout (amount paid to each participating team), 2000:$2.1 million
Rose Bowl payout (amount paid to each participating team), 2011:$3 million

Average cost of an NFL ticket, 2000:$45.63
Average cost of an NFL ticket, 2011:$76.47

Entertainment and lifestyle
Average movie ticket price, 2001:$5.66
Average movie ticket price, 2011:$7.95

Golden Globe winner for best picture, 2001:"A Beautiful Mind"
Golden Globe winner for best picture, 2011:"The Social Network"

No. of wide-release 3-D movies, 2001: 1
No. of wide-released 3-D movies, 2011:30+

Oprah Winfrey net worth, 2001:$800 million
Oprah Winfrey net worth, 2011:$2.7 billion

No. of children in the Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family, 2001: 13
No. of children in the Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family, 2011: 19

Most-watched TV show, 2001-2002:"Friends," 24.46 million average
Most-watched TV show, 2010:"American Idol," 29.8 million average

Highest-paid TV actor, 2001:Kelsey Grammer, $1.6 million per episode
Highest-paid TV actor, 2011:Charlie Sheen, $1.25 million per episode

No. of reality shows in Nielsen top 10, 2001: 2
No. of reality shows in Nielsen top 10, 2010:5

Top-earning concert act, 2001: U2, estimated ticket sales $109.7 million
Top-earning concert act, 2010:Bon Jovi, estimated ticket sales $201.1 million

Average concert ticket price, 2001:$43.86
Average concert ticket price, 2010:$55

Popularity rank of the names "Malia" and "Sasha," 2000:498, 476
Popularity rank of the names "Malia" and "Sasha," 2009:192, 261

Explainer: State of the union: by the numbers

  • After President Barack Obama's delivery of the annual State of the Union address to Congress, here is a look at some of the facts and figures that shape American life and how they have changed in the past decade (based on the latest available data, compiled from multiple sources).

  • Economy and Business

    Unemployed workers, January 2000: 4.0%
    Unemployed workers, January 2011: 9.4%

    Dow Industrial Average, Jan. 25, 2000:11,029
    Dow Industrial Average, Jan. 20, 2011:11,822

    U.S. federal debt, September 2000:$5,674,178,209,886
    U.S. federal debt, September 2010:$13,561,623,030,891

    Median new home price, January 2000: $163,500
    Median new home price, November 2010: $213,000

    Household income (top 5%), 2000:$252,400
    Household income (top 5%), 2009:$295,388

    Household income (bottom 5%), 2000:$10,157
    Household income (bottom 5%), 2009:$11,552

    Total U.S. population, 2000: 281,421,906
    Total U.S. population, 2010:308,745,538

    Number of U.S. millionaires, 2000:6.3 million
    Number of U.S. millionaires, 2010:7.8 million

    Price of admission to Forbes 400 list, 2000:$725 million
    Price of admission to Forbes 400 list, 2010:$1 billion

  • Politics

    Congressional approval, December 2000:55% approve; 30% disapprove     
    Congressional approval, September 2010:
    20% approve, 73% disapprove

    Confidence in national news media, December 2000:40% have little or no confidence
    Confidence in national news media, January 2011:42% have little or no confidence

    Confidence in the federal government, December 2000:19% have little or no confidence
    Confidence in the federal government, January 2010:
    35% have little or no confidence

    Hispanic/Latino electorate in 2000 election:7%
    Hispanic/Latino electorate in 2008 election:9%

    Women serving in Congress, 2000: 67
    Women serving in Congress, 2011: 93

    African-American members in U.S. Senate, 2000:0
    African-American members in U.S. Senate, 2011:0

  • Health

    Life expectancy at birth, 2000:76.8 years
    Life expectancy at birth, 2010:78.3 years, projected

    Number of uninsured Americans, 2000: 38.4 million
    Number of uninsured Americans, 2010:
    50.7 million

    Cancer deaths, all causes, 2000:553,091
    Cancer deaths, all causes, 2010:
    569,490

  • Travel

    Average price of a gallon of gas, 2000:$1.51/gallon
    Average price of a gallon of gas, 2011:
    $3.08/gallon

    Average airfare, 2000:$339
    Average airfare, 2011: $335 (through second quarter of 2010)

    First-bag fee, 2000: None
    First-bag fee, 2010:$20-25 (on most major U.S. carriers)

    Average hotel, 2000:$85.89/night
    Average hotel, 2011:$97.89/night (through September 2010)

    One-day ticket to Walt Disney World, 2000:$46
    One-day ticket to Walt Disney World, 2011:$82

  • Tech and Science

    Google searches per day, 2000: 30 million
    Google searches per day, 2011:
    Over 1 billion

    Wireless phone subscribers in U.S., 2000:97 million (34% of population)
    Wireless phone subscribers in U.S., 2011:293 million (93% of population)

    Facebook users, worldwide, 2000: 0
    Facebook users, worldwide, 2011:600 million

    Federal spending on research and development, 2000:$99 billion (actual spending)
    Federal spending on research and development, 2011:$148 billion (proposed)

    NASA science missions in operation, 2000: 38
    NASA science missions in operation, 2011:67

  • Education

    Public schools that require student uniforms, 1999-2000:12%
    Public schools that require student uniforms, 2007-2008:18%

    Public schools reporting the use of one or more security cameras, 1999-2000:19%
    Public schools reporting the use of one or more security cameras, 2007-2008:55%

    Nationwide graduation rates at public high schools, 2000-2001:71.7%
    Nationwide graduation rates at public high schools, 2007-2008:74.9%

    Average salary for public high school teachers, 1999-2000:$42,546
    Average salary for public high school teachers, 2008-2009:$53,724

    Minorities enrolled in 4-year institutions, 2000:1.5 million
    Minorities enrolled in 4-year institutions, 2007:1.8 million

    Average college tuition for 4-year private institutions, 1999-2000:$20,706
    Average college tuition for 4-year private institutions, 2009-2010:$26,273

    Science and math literacy (U.S. ranking on OECD PISA test given to 15-year-olds), 2000:14th in science, 19th in math
    Science and math literacy (U.S. ranking on OECD PISA test given to 15-year-olds), 2009:23rd in science, 31st in math

  • Sports

    Highest paid athletes (includes salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees), 2000:Michael Schumacher, $59 million
    Highest paid athletes (includes salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements and appearance fees), 2010:Tiger Woods, $105 million

    Cost of a Super Bowl ad, 2000:$2.1 million
    Cost of a Super Bowl ad, 2011:$3 million

    Rose Bowl payout (amount paid to each participating team), 2000:$12 million
    Rose Bowl payout (amount paid to each participating team), 2011:$21.2 million

    Average cost of an NFL ticket, 2000:$45.63
    Average cost of an NFL ticket, 2011:$76.47

  • Entertainment and Lifestyle

    Average movie ticket price, 2001: $5.66
    Average movie ticket price, 2011: $7.95

    Golden Globe winner for best picture, 2001:"A Beautiful Mind"
    Golden Globe winner for best picture, 2011:"The Social Network"

    Number of wide-release 3-D movies, 2001: 1
    Number of wide-released 3-D movies, 2011:30+

    Oprah Winfrey net worth, 2001:$800 million
    Oprah Winfrey net worth, 2011:$2.7 billion

    Number of children in the Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family, 2001: 13
    Number of children in the Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family, 2011: 19

    Most-watched TV show, 2001-2002:"Friends," 24.46 million average
    Most-watched TV show, 2010:"American Idol," 29.8 million average

    Highest-paid TV actor, 2001:Kelsey Grammer, $1.6 million per episode
    Highest-paid TV actor, 2011:Charlie Sheen, $1.25 million per episode

    Number of reality shows in Nielsen top 10, 2001: 2
    Number of reality shows in Nielsen top 10, 2010: 5

    Top-earning concert act, 2001:U2, estimated ticket sales $109.7 million
    Top-earning concert act, 2010:Bon Jovi, estimated ticket sales $201.1 million

    Average concert ticket price, 2001:$43.86
    Average concert ticket price, 2010:$55

    Popularity rank of the names "Malia" and "Sasha," 2000:498, 476
    Popularity rank of the names "Malia" and "Sasha," 2009:192, 261

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