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 Subject: Televisions in the United States Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television Asked by: hrucker-ga List Price: \$20.00 Posted: 16 Jun 2002 16:28 PDT Expires: 23 Jun 2002 16:28 PDT Question ID: 27633
 ```How many televisions sets are there in the United States per capita? Or, how many TV set does the average person own?```
 ```hrucker, Most wives and girlfriends might say "Too many!", but according to the latest available government data for the United States: - there is slightly less than one television per person - there are slightly more than two televisions per household Government sources, data, and precise calculations are shown below. Thanks for your question, huntsman ----- Sources & Data - CIA World FactBook 2001 United States http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/us.html Population: 278,058,881 (July 2001 est.) Televisions: 219 million (1997) Statistical Abstract of the United States U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/statab/www/part1.html HOUSEHOLDS ---------- 1990 ----- 1995 ----- 1999 ------ 2000 ----- 2001 Households (mil.) --- 93.3 ----- 99.0 ----- 103.9 ----- 104.7 ---- (NA) ----- Calculations - Dividing televisions by the population, we get: 219,000,000 / 278,058,881 = 0.78760296816414 televisions per capita Dividing televisions by households, we get: 219,000,000 / 104,000,000 = 2.1057692307692 televisions per household ----- Search Strategy - I didn't really search: I recalled these sources from previous work, and from a trip to my helpful local library many years ago. Most local libraries usually have printed versions of this data, but fortunately some of it is now available online.```
 ```I'm bummed I didn't get to this one, 'cause I knew the source of the info right away from other work I do. The World Bank tracks this sort of info for every conutry on the planet. Their World Development Report for 2001 sites a figure of 847 TVs per 1,000 people in the U.S. -- a bit higher than the 787 TVs per 1,000 implied by Huntsman's data (good job, Huntsman!). The report can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/poverty/wdrpoverty/report/tab19.pdf```