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By the numbers

45 million

The number of missing baby girls around the world from 1970 to 2017 due to sex-selective abortions. A new PNAS study of the sex ratio imbalance found most missing female births occurred in China and India.


The average teacher salary in New York—the highest in the United States—according to National Education Association estimates. Mississippi paid teachers $45,574 on average.


The number of children the average American woman will bear in her lifetime at current rates. Preliminary government figures released in May found that last year’s U.S. total fertility rate was 1,728 births per 1,000 women, an all-time low.

16 pounds

The weight of the 2-foot-tall golden crown used in the May 4 coronation of Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn.


The average debt balance held by U.S. college students who graduated in 2018 with the help of student loans.

—This page was published online retroactively after the post date. The first item has also been updated to reflect a June correction in the PNAS study estimating sex selective abortions.