When people reminisce about the “good old days”, they may not be aware that they were not actually that “good”.
In 1900, the average life expectancy of American people was 47 years old. Today it’s 81. Not only that, but back then, only 3% of the population aged 25 or more had a 4-year college education. Nowadays, it’s 31.5%.
Add to the longer life span and the better education the fact that the American population is now more diverse and have better access to indoor plumbing and suddenly, 2016 does not sound so bad any longer.
Have a look at Data for GOOD’s infographic in which they examined 9 milestones in the life of American people over the past 100 years.