U.S. Department of Commerce

Statistics in Schools

Fun Stats

Fun stats about children, education, travel and work.

75.2 million
The number of children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2006 — from nursery school to college.

2.5 million
The number of people 5 and older who speak Chinese at home. After Spanish, Chinese is the most widely spoken non-English language in the country.

5.6 million
Number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2006, up from 4.6 million a decade earlier.

5.7 million
The number of children living with a grandparent.

5.4 million
The number of people who work at home.

25 minutes
The national average time it takes to commute to work.

3.1 million
Number of workers who face extreme commutes to work of 90 or more minutes each day.

5.6 years
Average amount of time it takes people to complete bachelor’s degrees.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Office of External Engagement (OEE) | 1-301-763-6590 | Last Revised: May 03, 2012