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The U.S. Economy by Numbers

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about the American economy?
Last updated: January 31, 2019
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1. What has been the approximate annual rate of inflation since the year 2000?
0%
2%
5%
10%
2. About what percentage of American workers work in agriculture?
< 2%
5%
9%
19%
3. About what percentage of American workers work in manufacturing?
8.5%
21%
37%
59%
4. About what percent of the U.S. GDP is spent on health care?
3%
6%
12%
18%
Despite spending by far the most of any country, the U.S. is not in the top 30 countries in life expectancy
5. About how much money did the federal government spend in 2017?
$50 billion
$1 trillion
$4 trillion
$93 trillion
6. What is the highest federal income tax bracket as of 2019?
17%
27%
37%
47%
7. About what percentage of federal income taxes are paid by the 1% highest earners?
< 1%
4%
10%
40%
8. What was the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco in January 2019?
$1,291 / month
$2,411 / month
$3,261 / month
∞ / month
9. What is the national minimum wage?
There isn't one
$5.15 / hour
$7.25 / hour
$11.00 / hour
10. About what percent of the U.S. government debt is held by China?
0%
6%
29%
65%
Most of the debt is held within the United States
11. What was the approximate median household income in 2017?
$21,000
$41,000
$61,000
$101,000
12. What was the average price for a gallon of whole milk in 2018?
$3.28
$5.28
$7.28
$11.28
13. What is the largest part of the U.S. federal budget?
Social Security
Military
Foreign aid
Interest on the debt
14. True or false. The U.S. exports more than it imports.
True
False
The U.S. has a gigantic trade deficit. Every year, it imports more than $500 billion more than its exports
15. Which of the following investments has had the highest rate of return since 1950?
Savings account in the bank
Gold
Stocks
Stocks have outperformed nearly every class of investment by a huge amount
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level 69
Jan 30, 2019
$3261/month? What the hell?
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level 70
Jan 30, 2019
Gotta pay extra to have hobo poop and pee cleaned up out front every day.
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level 78
Jan 30, 2019
Funny, that's what those of us who live in SF say.
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level 44
Feb 6, 2019
Absolutely insane... I live in Finland, and with that money you can get a brand new 3 bedroom apartment with an ocean view terrace, sauna and from the heart of Helsinki, which already is by far the most expensive city here to live in. But to get a small one-bedroom apartment for that... it's crazy.
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level 60
Feb 6, 2019
You're one to talk. Finland is stupid expensive.
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level 61
Feb 6, 2019
@Elan, he agrees with you that Finland is expensive. You should read his comment.
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level 71
Jan 30, 2019
only got the new max tax rate wrong ... haven't done taxes since they changed
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level 75
Feb 6, 2019
This was a tough quiz. Aside from the "infinity dollars per month" most of these answers were at least within the realm of what could be reasonable. But I did better than I thought when I hit submit.
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level 77
Feb 6, 2019
Same for me, except for the "I did better than I thought" part.
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level 56
Feb 6, 2019
Multiple choice is a fun change of pace!
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level 56
Feb 6, 2019
Agreed! We should have more quizzes with this format!
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level 45
Feb 13, 2019
The infinity per month rent made me laugh.