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Number of housing units sold in the U.S. 1995-2016
House sales in the U.S. – additional information
The number of houses sold in the United States took a big hit during the financial crisis, dropping from a high of around 1.3 million houses sold in 2005 to a low of 306 thousand homes sold in 2011 – around a 76 percent decrease. While the economy has largely recovered since the crisis, consumers remain hesitant when it comes to buying homes and the housing market has yet to recover.
Meanwhile, the median sales price of new homes continues to rise despite a climate of hesitant home buyers. Considering a variety of different concerns when it comes to the financial future of the United States, 44 percent of Americans were worried about not being able to pay their mortgage or rent as of 2016. Other top concerns included fears of not having enough money for retirement or paying for long-term care services.
While the price of homes continues to increase, median household income in on the decline, and it is no wonder people are not jumping back into home ownership. Furthermore, the average cost to attend university has risen and only 31 percent of non-retired workers believe that social security will continue to provide benefits of at least equal value to the benefits received by retirees today. Due to these conditions, it is likely that it will take a while for people to once again start investing in and buying homes.
Change of gasoline price in selected countries 2016-2017
Gasoline prices worldwide
The price of gasoline is a frequently discussed issue, and is a part of almost everybody’s life in developed countries. Gasoline prices worldwide are dependent of a number of factors: crude oil prices, costs for processing and distribution, demand, strength of currencies, taxation, and availability. The most influential factor is the crude oil price. This price includes the costs for exploration, extraction, and transport.
What the consumer pays in the end is also an issue of national oil pricing policy. Typical regions with high taxes on gasoline are European countries and Japan. Other countries keep consumer prices low by subsidizing the costs for gasoline. Among latter countries are the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, Egypt, Malaysia, Bolivia, et cetera.
There are many other factors, however, which directly influence the price of gasoline. Wars, crises, and natural disasters in oil producing regions, for example, can obstruct the production and transportation, and thus cause higher crude oil prices. Last but not least, the end-consumer defines the price through his or her demand. A higher number of people driving cars means higher prices for gasoline, which is often the case in the summer months or holiday seasons.
The gasoline prices in this statistic are compared based on unleaded premium gasoline (RON 95) for France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and regular unleaded gasoline for Canada, Japan and the United States (AKI 87). RON stands for Research Octane Number, while AKI means Anti-Knock Index. Both represent the most common octane rating in the countries shown.
Global passenger vehicle production by country or region 2016
Number of satellites in space by country 2016
Number of Netflix streaming subscribers worldwide 2011-2016
Number of Netflix subscribers - additional information
Netflix, founded in the U.S. in 1997, offers media through online streams or through a DVD-by-mail service. Netflix initially introduced a subscription based online service in 1999 and, since then, has expanded its services to different markets, primarily in the Americas and Europe. Netflix’s global expansion is promising, as the number of non-U.S. paying Netflix subscribers added up to around 26 million already in 2015, with growth projections for the coming years. By 2020, 24.4 million Netflix subscribers will be located in Brazil alone, one of the most promising markets for the streaming provider. Along with Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom are also important markets for Netflix.
Since the development and expansion of its streaming service, Netflix has accumulated tens of millions of streaming subscribers worldwide. As of the first quarter of 2017, Netflix has almost reached the 100 million mark for streaming subscribers, thereby more than doubling its subscriber numbers from the start of 2014.
In line with the increase in number of subscriptions, Netflix’s annual revenue also reached an all time high in 2016, amounting to 8.83 billion U.S. dollars. This marks more than a tenfold increase in revenue since 2005. Despite the steady increase of revenue, Netflix’s net income took a more turbulent course. After CEO Reed Hastings announced in late 2011 that the company would split its company into two different services, Netflix’s worth as a company tumbled and so did profits. Therefore, in 2012, net income dropped more than 13 times, as the company only earned 17.15 million U.S. dollars for the year. However, the company reported the highest net income in its history in 2014 and has remained relatively steady in the years since.
Most famous social network sites 2017, by active users
The leading social networks are usually available in multiple languages and enable users to connect with friends or people across geographical, political or economic borders. Approximately 2 billion internet users are using social networks and these figures are still expected to grow as mobile device usage and mobile social networks increasingly gain traction.
The most popular social networks usually display a high number of user accounts or strong user engagement. For example, market leader Facebook was the first social network to surpass 1 billion monthly active users, whereas recent newcomer Pinterest was the fastest independently launched site to reach 10 million unique monthly visitors. The majority of social networks with more than 100 million users originated in the United States, but European services like VK or Chinese social networks Qzone and Renren have also garnered mainstream appeal in their areas due to local context and content.
Social network usage by consumers is highly diverse: platforms such as Facebook or Google+ are highly focused on exchanges between friends and family and are constantly pushing interaction through features like photo or status sharing and social games. Other social networks like Tumblr or Twitter are all about rapid communication and are aptly termed microblogs. Some social networks focus on community; others highlight and display user-generated content.
Due to a constant presence in the lives of their users, social networks have a decidedly strong social impact. The blurring between offline and virtual life as well as the concept of digital identity and online social interactions are some of the aspects that have emerged in recent discussions.
National Basketball Association all-time scoring leaders 1946-2017
Instagram accounts with the most followers worldwide 2017
Most played PC games 2015
National Football League: Super Bowl wins by team 2017
Number of World of Warcraft subscribers Q1 2005-Q3 2015
Facebook: number of monthly active users worldwide 2008-2016
Global social networks ranked by number of users 2017
Big Mac index - global prices for a Big Mac 2017
Apple iPhone unit sales worldwide 2007-2017, by quarter
Top companies in the world by market value 2015
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