News in Numbers
The proportion of people who moved during the pandemic to be closer to family — an increase of approximately five percentage points from pre-pandemic levels. The pandemic sped up an existing trend of people migrating out of metropolitan areas into smaller cities. Still, some researchers were surprised to find that more people were moving for reasons other than coronavirus case rates or jobs.
The proportion of Americans that President Biden hopes will have at least one of their COVID-19 shots by July 4. So far more than 56 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one shot, and it is expected that approval will be given to start vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds in the coming days.
The amount that Amtrak has requested from Congress over a five-year timeline to overhaul some of the railway’s busiest corridors in the country. The first installment would be $5.4 billion for the upcoming fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1. The rail company wants to add as many as 39 new corridor routes and include 166 cities, increasing its service to 20 million people annually, by 2035.
The estimated number of Connecticut children in grades K-12 that currently have religious exemptions from immunization requirements. A recently proposed bill that would end the state’s religious exemption starting in the 2022-23 school year passed the House of Representatives after 16 hours of debate and now awaits action from the Senate.
The number of Arkansas state Representatives who voted to pass a bill that would amend current state law and allow teachers in public schools to teach creationism as a part of the curriculum. All 72 of the representatives that approved the legislation are Republican. The state is likely to face legal challenges if the bill becomes law.
The latest bid amount for a Colorado license plate that reads: ISIT420. The state is auctioning off 14 cannabis-themed license plates, including plates that read BONG, GANJA, TEGRIDY and HASH, as a fundraiser for the state’s Disability Funding Committee. Bids are being collected until 4:20 PM on April 20.
The number of acceptance emails that the University of Kentucky accidentally sent out to high school seniors for a program that usually only accepts about 36 students per year. Some of the students who received the acceptance letter claimed to have never applied to, visited or went onto the website for the university. The university apologized for the mistake and said it was due to a “technical issue.”
The estimated number of Republicans who believe that the riot at the U.S. Capitol was largely non-violent or was by left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad,” according to a new poll. Only three in 10 Republicans agree that former President Trump has some responsibility for the attack.