Dwane Powell

Notable numbers: Syrian refugees, Boko Haram and school vouchers

Rescue workers inspect the scene of an explosion at a mobile phone market in Kano, Nigeria. A suicide bomber exploded as truckers were trucking into dinner at the bustling marketplace where vendors urged them to buy sugar cane. At least 34 people were killed and another 80 wounded in Yola, a town packed with refugees from Nigeria’s Islamic uprising, emergency officials said.
Rescue workers inspect the scene of an explosion at a mobile phone market in Kano, Nigeria. A suicide bomber exploded as truckers were trucking into dinner at the bustling marketplace where vendors urged them to buy sugar cane. At least 34 people were killed and another 80 wounded in Yola, a town packed with refugees from Nigeria’s Islamic uprising, emergency officials said. AP

14 The percentage of teachers who left Johnston County last school year

1/3 The proportion of those who left to go to another county

299 The number of students using Opportunity Scholarship vouchers in Wake County, the highest in the state

244 The number using them in Cumberland County, the second-highest

1,829 The number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year as of Monday

52 The percentage of Americans who think countries that admit Syrian refugees are less safe

53 The percentage of Americans who say the nation should not continue a program to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees

28 The percentage who would keep the program with the screening process as it exist

11 The percentage who said they would favor a limited program to accept only Syrian Christians while excluding Muslims

1,100 The number of schools the terrorist group Boko Haram has destroyed this year in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria

17,000 The number of people the group has killed since 2009

2.6 million The number of people forced from their homes because of fighting, including 2.2 million from Nigeria alone

13 The percentage of North Carolina’s population projected to live in its 50 smallest counties by 2020

21 The percentage of North Carolinians who will live in Wake and Mecklenburg counties alone by then

261 The number of no-parking tickets that Highway Patrol officers gave out on interstates in North Carolina during June, July and August

139 The number of those that were given in Surry County, where a donor to Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign had complained about the number of truckers parking on ramps to sleep

Notable numbers

Statistics from the past week that deserve a doubletake

14 The percentage of teachers who left Johnston County last school year

1/3 The proportion of those who left to go to another county

299 The number of students using Opportunity Scholarship vouchers in Wake County, the highest in the state

244 The number using them in Cumberland County, the second-highest

1,829 The number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year as of Monday

52 The percentage of Americans who think countries that admit Syrian refugees are less safe

53 The percentage of Americans who say the nation should not continue a program to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees

28 The percentage who would keep the program with the screening process as it exist

11 The percentage who said they would favor a limited program to accept only Syrian Christians while excluding Muslims

1,100 The number of schools the terrorist group Boko Haram has destroyed this year in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria

17,000 The number of people the group has killed since 2009

2.6 million The number of people forced from their homes because of fighting, including 2.2 million from Nigeria alone

13 The percentage of North Carolina’s population projected to live in its 50 smallest counties by 2020

21 The percentage of North Carolinians who will live in Wake and Mecklenburg counties alone by then

261 The number of no-parking tickets that Highway Patrol officers gave out on interstates in North Carolina during June, July and August

139 The number of those that were given in Surry County, where a donor to Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign had complained about the number of truckers parking on ramps to sleep

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