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
The average life expectancy in the U. S.
was 47 years.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the U. S. had a
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City
There were only 8,000 cars in the U. S., and only
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
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel
The average wage in the U. S. was 22 cents an hour.
The average U. S. worker made between $200 and $400
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000
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.
place at home.
Ninety percent of all U. S. physicians had no
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
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
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma,
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
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
One in ten U. S. adults couldn’t read or write.
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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I wish for you in the twenty-first century all the
blessings of God.
God Bless You!