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Notable numbers: Fox viewers, Wainstein report and #SOTU tweets

Notable numbers

Statistics from the past week that deserve a doubletake

$1.9 trillion What the wealthiest 80 people in the world altogether own

$1.9 trillion About what the 3.5 billion people, half the world’s population, at the bottom half of the income scale own

1 billionThe number of people who live on less than $1.25 a day

900+The number of fancy hats that new U.S. Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina’s 12th District owns

50 President Obama’s approval rating in a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday

69The median age of a Fox News viewer

72 The median age for viewers of Bill O’Reilly’s show in particular

1,000+ The number of tweets members of Congress sent out during President Obama’s 65-minute State of the Union speech #SOTU

80 The average number of preschool-age children killed by guns each year in the U.S.

50The average number of police officers killed by guns each year

14.7 The decrease in North Carolina’s average teacher salary in inflation-adjusted dollars from 1999 to 2013, the biggest drop in the nation

29 The percentage of young American men today who have less education than their parents

20The percentage who have more education

70The percentage of 3-year-olds who go to preschool in industrialized countries as a whole

38 The percentage of American 3-year-olds who do

15 The number of deaths from the flu in North Carolina last week, bringing the total for the current flu season to 114; 107 died last year

5,149 The number of times the Wainstein report on the academic-athletic scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill was downloaded from the Carolina Commitment website between Oct. 22 and Jan. 15

60 The percentage of civilian women who worked outside the home in 1999

56.6 The percentage who do today

41 Where the city of Raleigh ranks in the world on a list of cities with the fastest-growing economies

700,000 The number of Americans who would be saved from obesity or Type 2 diabetes during the next decade if the federal government stopped letting people buy soft drinks with food stamps, according to a University of California, San Francisco, study

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