1902 Statistics

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US Population: 79,163,000

The American flag had 45 stars (Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted yet)

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average life expectancy in the US was 47

More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.

90% of all US physicians had no college education.

The 5 leading causes of death in the US were:

  Pneumonia and influenza
Heart disease

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores.


14% of homes in the US had a bathtub.

8% of homes had a telephone.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo

There were 8,000 cars in the US and 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

One in ten US adults could not read or write.

6% of all Americans had graduated from high school.

There were 230 reported murders in the entire US

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30


Federal spending: $0.49 billion

The average wage in the US was 22 cents/hour.

The average US worker earned between $200 and $400 per year.

An accountant earned $2000 per year, a dentist, $2,500 per year, a veterinarian, $1,500 - $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer, $5,000 per year.

Unemployment was 3.7%

Sugar cost 4 cents/pound.

Eggs were 14 cents/dozen.

Coffee cost 15 cents/pound.

Cost of a three-minute call from Denver to New York City : $11

Cost of a first class stamp: 2 cents


Stanley Cup - Montreal AAA


Wimbledon - Women: Muriel Robb d. C. Sterry (7-5, 6-1)
Men: Laurie Doherty d. A. Gore (6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0)

Kentucky Derby - Alan-a-Dale

NCAA Football - Michigan (11-0-0)

World Series (1903) - Boston Red Sox defeated Pittsburgh