How The Average American Has Changed Since The 1960s

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America has changed a lot since the Baby Boom.On this patriotic week, we decided to look back and see exactly how much heavier, older, smarter, etc. we have become. Some of the changes are pretty drastic.

Also, be sure to check the comments to see other good statistics.

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title=”In 1960, the average man weighed 166 pounds and the average woman weighed 140 pounds. Today, the average man weighs 194 pounds and the average woman weighs 164 pounds.”
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title=”The average age was 29 in 1960. The average age is 37 today.”
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title=”2% of Americans had no religious affiliation in 1960. 14% do not identify with any religion today.”
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title=”Nearly twice as many Americans preferred baseball to football in 1960. Today football is four times as popular as baseball.”
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title=”40% of Americans regularly smoked cigarettes in 1969. Today, only 22% regularly smoke.”
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title=”12% of Americans felt that alcohol had caused trouble in their family in 1960. 30% blame alcohol for familial problems today.”
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title=”You’ve seen what America was like back in the day…”
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