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The Demographics of Long-Haul Truckers

Among the 2.6 million Americans employed as truck drivers, many are long-haul truckers—meaning they drive heavy or tractor-trailer trucks on interstate routes. The CDC surveyed the health of long-haul truck drivers in 2010, with the following results...

  • Long-haul truckers are aged 48, on average, and have been on the job 16 years.
  • Most are men (93.5%) and White (73.5%).
  • Long-haul truck drivers worked an average of 60.4 hours in the past week, with 46.2 hours behind the wheel and the remainder spent loading and unloading, completing paperwork, and performing truck maintenance.
  • In the past year, they drove an average of 107,700 miles.
  • In the past month, the 63% majority spent six or fewer nights at home.

Source: CDC, Vital Signs: Seat Belt Use among Long-Haul Truck Drivers—United States, 2010

From Demo Memo by Cheryl Russell  http://demomemo.blogspot.com/


Russell is a demographer and the editorial director of New Strategist Publications. She is the former editor-in-chief of American Demographics magazine (then located in Ithaca) and The Boomer Report. She is the author of Bet You Didn't Know and other books on demographic trends. She holds a master's degree in sociology/demography from Cornell University.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2015 17:53
 

Tiny Town Teaser No. 75, Vol. 6: Double or Nothing

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ACROSS
1. Sixth sense
4. With 5 across, it had a major part in the Bible?
5. See 4 Across
DOWN
1. Triage areas
2. Date
3. Blackberry, e.g.
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Degree of Difficulty: Repeating yourself
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DEMO MEMO: They're Not Over the Hill: They're on the Other Side of It

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ANOTHER BOOMER TREND: MEN ARE CASHING OUT OF THE LABOR MARKET ASAP

Between 2000 and 2010, the labor force participation rate of men aged 65 to 69 climbed by more than 6 percentage points—from 30.3 to 36.5 percent.

Many thought the upward trend was here to stay as the baby-boom generation sought to boost its retirement income. Many were wrong. As boomer men filled the 65-to-69 age group over the past four years, the rise in labor force participation came to a halt, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, the labor force participation rate of men aged 65 to 69 fell slightly between 2010 and 2014...

Labor force participation rate of men aged 65 to 69
2014: 36.1
2010: 36.5
2000: 30.3

 

 

Interestingly, a Gallup survey of today's 65-to-68-year olds found them no more likely to work than the four-year cohort immediately preceding them. Those Gallup results are now confirmed.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

 

 

Number of Moves in Lifetime

The average American will move 11.7 times during his or her lifetime, according to a Census Bureau calculation made a few years ago. The estimate was based on annual mobility and mortality rates in 2007 and allowed for a maximum of one move per person per year.

Now FiveThirtyEight has updated that estimate. As of 2013, the average American will move 11.3 times in his or her life. Behind the slight decline is the drop in mobility rates caused by the collapse of the housing market and the subsequent Great Recession. The average 18-year-old in the United States has moved twice, says Mona Chalabi of FiveThirtyEight's DataLab, and the average 30-year-old has moved six times.

Source: FiveThirtyEight, How Many Times Does the Average Person Move?

 

From Demo Memo by Cheryl Russell  http://demomemo.blogspot.com/

Russell is a demographer and the editorial director of New Strategist Publications. She is the former editor-in-chief of American Demographics magazine (then located in Ithaca) and The Boomer Report. She is the author of Bet You Didn't Know and other books on demographic trends. She holds a master's degree in sociology/demography from Cornell University.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2015 17:32
 

From 2006: On Our Iconic "Tiny Town" Image with story about where it was taken

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By Franklin Crawford

Former Writer and Consultant for The Cornell Chronicle


Ithaca, NY, 2006 – Morgan Smiley Baldwin, Cornell Class of 1915, is buried in France where he died from wounds received during the Battle of the Hindenburg Line, the last major offensive of World War I.

Baldwin, who was killed about a month before the war ended, was a member of Delta Phi fraternity, and his fraternity pin and ribbon were among the items discovered Sept. 26 in a sealed copper box nested in the base of a pier on the parapet of the Baldwin Memorial Stairway on University Avenue just below Delta Phi's Gothic fraternity (Llenroc).

On Nov. 11, 2006, at 1 p.m., Baldwin's Delta Phi effects and other Cornell memorabilia from the box -- as well as some new items -- will be re-interred during a Veterans Day ceremony with full military honors, held at the site. The event is an 81-year-old echo of the original placement ceremony that occurred on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1925, the year the stairway was erected.

It's no secret that the Baldwin Memorial Stairway is a monument to one of Cornell's fallen sons. But institutional memory needs repeated prodding: In 2006, no living person was aware that a time capsule lay within its stoneworks. In September of that year, Cornell masons replacing and repairing the shale stone on the stairway's overlook tapped into what at first appeared to be tin flashing or a hidden drain. Worked stopped. After some effort, a metal box was removed. So began a series of excited calls to supervisors, facilities managers and university librarians.

At 1:30 p.m. that Sept. 26 afternoon, a Cornell tinsmith from the Humphreys Service Building carefully unsealed open the well-soldered container. As the Cornell alma mater tolled from McGraw Tower (mere coincidence, but a nice touch), a group of university staff, including librarians, trades people and administrators, stood witness.

Elaine Engst, university archivist, then removed each item from the metal coffin, exposing them to the light of day for the first time in 80-plus years. Inside were perfectly preserved copies of the Cornell Daily Sun, Nov. 10, 1925; a copy of The Ithaca Journal; original blueprints of the stairway designed by Bryant Fleming, Cornell Class of 1901; pictures of the construction; a Freshman Handbook, 1925; Cornell Class of 1892, 33rd anniversary class book; lists of Cornellians killed during WWI (265; Cornell had provided 4,598 commissioned officers, more than West Point) and Tompkins County war dead; Baldwin's Delta Phi pin, fraternity ribbon and a directory; memorial programs; and other items.

The stairway was a gift to Cornell from a grieving father, Arthur J. Baldwin, Class of 1892, to memorialize his son. Donald R. Baldwin, Class of 1916, Morgan's brother, helped to lay the stairway cornerstone. The box was placed by George S. Tarbell, president of Delta Phi fraternity, of which all the Baldwins were members.

Engst said all the university's older buildings contain cornerstone boxes with similar materials to those found in the stairway -- and these are indicated in the building plans. A container was found when Roberts Hall was demolished in the late 1980s and another when Sage Hall was renovated (1996-98). But the Baldwin time capsule was lost to memory.

A new box made of stainless steel has replaced the container. Among the items in it: More recent letters from the Baldwin family and a copy of the Cornell Chronicle bearing this story and photographs.

Photo: Frankie14850 stood on the Baldwin Parapet's Southwest Corner to take the above image. It was later "tilt-shifted" using a Photoshop editing tool, by tinytowntimes.com co-founder, Rigel Stuhmiller, a.k.a. Belinda Cho.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 18:29
 


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