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Q: Televisions in the United States ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
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?
Subject: Re: Televisions in the United States
Answered By: huntsman-ga on 16 Jun 2002 18:12 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

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,


Sources & Data -

CIA World FactBook 2001
United States
Population: 278,058,881 (July 2001 est.)
Televisions: 219 million (1997)

Statistical Abstract of the United States
U.S. Census Bureau
HOUSEHOLDS ---------- 1990 ----- 1995 ----- 1999 ------ 2000 -----
Households (mil.) --- 93.3 ----- 99.0 ----- 103.9 ----- 104.7 ----


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.
hrucker-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Televisions in the United States
From: davidsar-ga on 16 Jun 2002 18:16 PDT
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:

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