Year of 1902


The year is 1902…over one hundred years ago…what a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U. S. statistics for 1902.

  • The average life expectancy in the U. S. was 47 years.

  • Only 14 percent of the homes in the U. S. had a bathtub.

  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

  • A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

  • There were only 8,000 cars in the U. S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.

  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

  • Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

  • The average wage in the U. S. was 22 cents an hour.

  • The average U. S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

  • More than 95 percent of all births in the U. S. took place at home.

  • Ninety percent of all U. S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard.”

  • Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

  • Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

  • Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

  • The five leading causes of death in the U. S. were: Pneumonia and Influenza, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Heart disease and Stroke.

  • The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.

  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented.

  • There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

  • One in ten U. S. adults couldn’t read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

  • Eighteen percent of households in the U. S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

  • There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U. S.
  • I rather enjoyed reading these statistics. I thought perhaps you would also.





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