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Has your life really changed? #40: 2010

Posted in on a + note by kendal0 on November 15, 2010

Has your life really changed?

Over the last few weeks, I have read several articles about change and how we are living differently in 2010. Specifically, I have been reading results of the 2009 U.S. Census chronicles how our lives have changed at home, at work, and at play during the last twelve months. It is a window into how the economic downturn of the last 18 months has reshaped our lives. Interestingly, the changing economy has affected all of us, regardless of income, education level, occupation, or location. Of course, as a librarian, I started making a list of examples that are impacting libraryland:

· The median household income fell for a second consecutive year and decreased 2.9% from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009. However, the gap between the rich and the poor remained unchanged. Perhaps this is a good sign for libraries given the last 12 months!

· With a shrinking job market, it is no surprise that the demand for higher education and advanced degrees, particularly MBAs, has resulted in registration climbing semester after semester. This is great news for us in the information business.

· The number of folks working from home jumped from 3.9% in 2006 to 4.3% in 2009. Hurray for technology and working moms!

· Fewer people are moving. In 2008, 83.2% of folks had lived in the same location for at least 3 years. In 2009, 84.6% had not moved in at least three years.

· In 2009, one in eight housing units (rental or purchased) was vacant, up substantially from the lows of 2000. This may very well negatively impact libraries dependent on tax support.

· The number of 25-34 year olds who have never married jumped substantially from 34.5% in 2000 to 46.3% in 2009. The number of women 18 and older who are married fell below 50% for the first time ever!

· There are now more cats than dogs in the U.S. Although I am not sure what that means, I just thought it was interesting!

I think it is safe to say that we are all living differently in 2010. Many of our lifestyle changes truly will make us better, more aware, and dare I say, ultimately happier!

Have a great week as we ramp up to turkey week!

Kitty Pope
kpope @ alliancelibrarysystem.com #40 November 2010

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