Obama vs. Romney: Six ways we have changedLoading
  • 2) But the overarching recent development in where we live is that we aren't moving much at all. Mobility is the lowest it's been in the 60 years it has been tracked by the Census Bureau, with only 11.6 percent of the nation's population moving in the past year. That's just over half the level in 1951, the biggest year for Americans on the move, 21.2 percent.
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    3) Average home size dropped 5 percent from 2007 to 2010, to a little under 2,400 square feet. It's still a far cry from the 750-square-foot, one-story, 2-bedroom Levittown prototypes that sparked the suburban boom and brought modest homes within reach of the masses after World War II.
    Sacramento Bee Staff
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    2) Poorer. As a whole, but richer than during the recession. The value of people's homes, stocks and all other assets stood at $62.9 trillion in March, the latest count, down from $66 trillion before the economy tanked but up from $51.3 trillion at the downturn's depths.
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    7) Addicted to texting. Cellphone users sent an average of 13 text messages a day in December 2008, double the number from a year earlier, the government said. More recently, Pew researchers found the average teen sent more than 64 texts a day.
    Carl Costas | Bee file, 2007
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    8) Older. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of people aged 45 to 64 grew by close to one-third as the baby boom generation and those behind it grayed. That has helped to push the median age to 37.2 - half the population younger than that, half over.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    WHAT WE THINK (cont.)
    The sharp lines and stagnant views are evident in public opinion on gun laws, abortion, health care, taxes and the federal budget deficit - on which polling has long shown wide divergence. The Pew Research Center reports that partisan polarization on basic policy questions is at its highest point in 25 years. One exception has been support for gay marriage. In May of 2008 as Obama was wrapping up the Democratic nomination, just 40 percent of Americans told Gallup's pollsters same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law as valid. This May, 50 percent said yes to the same question.
    David Tulis | Associated Press
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    WHAT WE PAY:
    Housing prices have dropped by a striking 34 percent since late 2006. That's good if - only if - you're buying. Tuition is up 15 percent at four-year public universities and almost 10 percent at private four-year institutions from 2008 to 2010. Gas? It's a rollercoaster.
    Rick Bowmer | Associated Press
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