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Notable numbers: UPS deliveries, single-parent homes and pants-on-fire lies

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump AP

630 million The number of packages UPS expects to have delivered between Thanksgiving and the end of December this year

10.3 The percentage increase over the same period last year

95,000 The number of extra workers UPS hired to help out during the holiday season

$830 What the average American said when asked how much do you think you will personally spend on Christmas this year

$720 The answer last year

73 The percentage of American children living with both parents in 1960

46 That percentage in 2014

9 The percentage of American children living in a single-parent home in 1960

26 That percentage in 2014

0 The percentage of American children living with cohabiting parents in 1960

7 That percentage in 2014

3,690 The number of new students Wake County public schools added 2010-2011

637 The number of students that private schools, home schools and charter schools in the county added the same year

1,884 The number of new students Wake public schools added 2014-2015

3,357 The number that private schools, home schools and charter schools added

84 The percentage of statements by Ben Carson since 2007, as fact-checked by PolitiFact, that were mostly false, false or pants-on-fire false

76 The percentage for Donald Trump

66 The percentage for Ted Cruz

40 For Marco Rubio

32 For Jeb Bush

28 For both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

26 For President Obama

1 Where Trump’s lies placed him on PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year 2015 list, topped by his assertion that “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering." Never happened.

780,000 The number of children in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, at risk of hunger and not getting the food they need

662,000 The number of North Carolina students who participated in the free or reduced-price lunch program during the 2013-2014 school year

110,860 The number of children considered food insecure in the seven-county Raleigh branch service area of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

17 Days allowed for early voting before the passage of the new voter law in 2013

10 Days allowed for early voting after the passage of the new voter law in 2013

674 Number of magistrates in North Carolina

32 Number of North Carolina magistrates who’ve opted out of performing marriages based upon a “sincerely held religious objection” to same-sex marriage

14 The percentage of North Carolina voters who approve of the job the General Assembly is doing

70 The percentage of North Carolinians who support raising the minimum wage to at least $10 per hour

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