| The world in the 1900's was very
different from now. In the 1900's the world population was about 1.6 billion
compared to over 6 billion in the millenium. In the 1900's the largest
city in the world was London, England with 6.6 million people. Today, the
largest city is Tokyo, Japan with 27 million. The size of the British Empire
was 11 million square miles. Today it is about 1 million square miles.
Due to the defeats in wars, the empire lost much of its land to other countries.
In the 1900's, there were 100 million acres of irrigated cropland in the
world. Now there is 500 million acres. In this decade, four-thousand cars
were sold worldwide. Now, more than 50 million cars are sold each year.
About 150 million barrels of crude oil was produced in the 1900's. Today,
there are more than 24 billion barrels produced each year. The Eiffel Tower
was the tallest building in 1900 with a height of 984 feet. The Petronas
Towers in Kuala Lumpur are the tallest today with a height of 1,484 feet.
In 1900 there was 15 billion acres of forestland. Now, there is only 8
billion acres. In the 1900's, Olympics 22 nations entered with 1,319 men
and 1 woman. In a recent Olympics, 72 nations participated with 1,512 men
and 827 women.
Also, the United States in the 1900's were
very different from now. In the United States, people were expected to
live to about 47 years old. Now, the life expectancy is seventy-six years
old. In the United States, there was 193,000 miles of railroad in 1900.
Now there is only 149,000 miles. Transportation is more fast paced and
convenient nowadays. In the United States, 42% of people worked on
5.7 million farms. Now only 3% work on 2 million farms. The population
of the United States in 1900 was 76 million. Today it is over 269 million.
The average weekly earnings in 1900 was $9.70. Today it is $435.
Here are some other interesting facts about every day life in the
US in 1900:
- 1 in 7 homes had a bathtub
- 1 in 13 homes had a telephone
- Brownie camera: $1
- lb.of sugar: 4 cents
- dozen eggs: 14 cents
- 1.5 million telephones are in use
- lb. of butter: 24 cents
- a ping-pong craze hits