$161 Billion: Capital Poured Into Solar In 2015

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“In 2015, investors poured $161 billion of capital into solar, the largest amount for any single power source.”

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Surprise? Only 43% Own Their Home In Germany

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“The country’s homeownership rate ranks among the lowest in the developed world, and nearly dead last in Europe, though the Swiss rent even more.”

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20 US Metros Have Higher GDPs Than Most Nations

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“According to 2015 IMF figures, the U.S.’ GDP is $18.5 trillion, 63% higher than 2nd-place China, at $11.3 trillion, and over four times higher than 3rd-place Japan. A recent article by American Enterprise Institute economist Mark Perry shows just where this GDP is centered—America’s largest metros. Correspondingly, these metros have bigger GDPs than most foreign nations.

“In fact,” writes Perry, “America’s 19 largest metro economies as separate nations would all rank in the top 50 of the world’s largest economies.”

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Americans’ Miles In H1 2016 Equals 250 Earth to Pluto RoundTrips

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“US drivers logged a collective 1.58 trillion miles behind the wheel for the first half of the year, according to the US Department of Transportation. Not only does that mark a 3.3-percent increase from a year earlier, but it sets an all-time record. At the head of the pack Hawaiians boosted their collective driving miles by as nearly nine percent. Aloha, indeed.”

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54 Million: Number of Americans Over The Age of 65 By 2019

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“By 2019, there will be 54 million Americans over the age of 65, up from 46 million-plus today, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging. Skin cancer, particularly melanoma, is on the rise too, striking about 3.5 million people annually, according to the American Cancer Society.”

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$9.6 Billion: San Francisco’s Annual Budget More Than 13 Other States

We spotted this interesting stat today:

“In 2010, the budget totaled $6.4 billion in a city with 805,000 people, meaning the city spent nearly $8,000 per capita. Six years later, the $9.6 billion budget is paying for services for 865,000 residents, or $11,100 per capita. Inflation explains a little of that increase, but certainly not all of it.”

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$1.2 Billion: Uber’s Losses In The First Half of 2016

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“Uber recorded losses of roughly $1.2 billion in the first half of 2016, according to a person briefed on the company’s financial data, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. More than half of those losses, or around $750 million, accrued in the second quarter of this year, said the person.”

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Olympics Streaming: 2 Percent of Prime Time Evening Internet Usage

We spotted this interesting stat today:

“The network analysis firm Sandvine measured Olympics streaming on NBC from a single day, Aug. 10, from a single broadband provider it declined to name. Overall, Olympics streaming accounted for about 2 percent of prime time evening Internet usage, according to Sandvine.

Here’s what Sandvine found overall: Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, accounted for almost 20 percent of the evening’s Olympics stream. An additional 17 percent went to set-top boxes, such as Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Of these, Roku boxes were the overwhelming favorite among Olympics viewers, eating up a 10 percent share.

In the end, however, PCs took the prize, accounting for more than 60 percent of that night’s consumption, Sandvine reported.”

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Promising: More New Homes Sold In July Than In Nearly A Decade

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“Buyers purchased single-family houses at the annual rate of 654,000, the highest rate since October 2007, the government said. That is 31 percent higher than a year earlier. Those numbers are volatile and include a wide margin of error, but combined with other evidence, the United States housing market seems to be solidly on the mend in 2016.”

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Voter Registration Searches On Google: Up 323% Compared To 2012

We spotted this very interesting stat today:

“Millions of Americans are turning to the internet to figure out how to cast their ballots this fall—and online searches related to the election are already much higher than they were in 2012, according to data released by Google.

Google searches related to voter registration are up 323% compared to four years ago, led by swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. ”

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