U.S. Snapshot: Pagans, Marriage and TV

By Howard Schneider
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 15, 2006; 2:50 PM

Membership in Wiccan, Deity, Druid and Pagan sects has been skyrocketing -- up from an unregistered blip in 1990 to more than 350,000 as of 2001.

The life span for newborns has jumped another couple of months, during which time they can expect to have either 5.4 (for men) or 3.3 (for women) sexual partners by age 44. The outlook after that is uncertain.

Both marriage and divorce rates kept declining, except in Connecticut, where the number of divorces per 1,000 people jumped from 2.0 to 3.1 between 2000 and 2004.

If you are curious about your nation, your state or your neighbors, the Census Bureau's latest national statistical abstract gives a glimpse of where the culture is heading.

Compiled each year from a variety of sources and surveys, it tells us how much television we watch (nearly half our lives is spent absorbing media of one sort or another, according to the Census Bureau), and how often we injure ourselves (women are more likely to suffer falls; men are about twice as likely to be struck by an object or another person; they are poisoned at about the same rate).

Not to mention shoes. We love shoes, 2.1 billion pairs of them, almost all from overseas.

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