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This is Who We Were: In the 2010s

Table of Contents

Essay on the 2010s



Publisher’s Note



Section One: Profiles



2011: Day Care Owner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina


2011: Emergency Room Nurse in Tuscon, Arizona


2011: Iraq War Soldier in Rural Kentucky


2012: Hatian Immigrant & Hair Stylist in LaGrange, New York


2013: Political Lobbyist in Washington D.C.


2013: Truck Driver in West, Texas


2014: Farmer & Home Schooler in West Liberty, Pennsylvania


2014: Technician at VA Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska


2015: Black Lives Matter Activist in Baltimore, Maryland


2015: Teach for America Teacher in Los Angeles, California


2015: Couple Who Marries After Same-Sex Landmark Decision in New Orleans, Louisiana


2016: Bernie Sanders Campaigner in Alliance, Ohio


2016: Community Activist for Social Change in Cincinnati, Ohio


2016: Family Therapist in Worchester, Massachusetts


2016: Pakistani Immigrant & Retail Worker in Hopewell Junction, New York


2017: Mother of Transgender Rights Activist in Blacksburg, North Carolina


2017: Irish Bar Manager in Santa Clara, California


2017: Circus Worker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


2017: Manufacturing Plant Worker in Gary, Indiana


2018: Self-Made Working Artist in Boston, Massachusetts


2018: Furniture Maker in Cincinnati, Ohio


2018: First Women Mayor of Small Town in Harlow, Tennessee


2018: Political Cartoonist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


2019: From Prisoner to Bakery Worker in Yonkers, New York


2019: Project Engineer in Providence, Rhode Island


Section Two: Historical Snapshots


Early 2010s


Mid 2010s


Late 2010s


Section Three: Economy of the Times


Consumer Expeditures


Annual Income of Standard Jobs


Selected Prices


Value of a Dollar Index 1860-2019


Section Four: All Around Us—What We Saw, Wrote, Read & Listened To


All Around Us—2010s


Section Five: Census Data


State-by-State Comparative Tables: 2000, 2010 and 2018


American Community Survey Reports



Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2016


Health Insurance Coverage by Type of Coverage and State: 2018


Household Income: 2018


Population 65 Years and Older in the United States: 2016


Poverty: 2017 and 2018


Retail Workers: 2018


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Receipt for Households: 2018


Those Who Served: America’s Veterans From World War II to the War on Terror


Current Population Reports



A Changing Nation: Population Projections Under Alternative Immigration Scenarios


Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2017


Demographic Turning Points for the United States: Population Projections for 2020 to 2060


Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2018


Living Longer: Historical and Projected Life Expectancy in the United States, 1960 to 2060


Old Housing, New Needs: Are U.S. Homes Ready for an Aging Population?


Small Area Health Insurance Estimates: 2018


Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2018


Economy-Wide Statistics Briefs



E-Stats 2018: Measuring the Electronic Economy


State Government Tax Collections Summary Report: 2019


Further Reading