1905 Life in America
Here are some statistics for 1905 in the United States of America
- The average life expectancy was 47 years.
- Only 14% of homes had a bathtub.
- Only 8% of homes had a telephone.
- A three minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
- There were only 8000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
- The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 miles per hour.
- California was 21st most populated state with 1.4 million people.
- The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world.
- The average wage was 22 cents per hour.
- The average worker made between 200 and 400 dollars per year.
- More than 95% of births took place at home.
- Sugar cost four cents per pound.
- Eggs were fourteen cents per dozen.
- Coffee was fifteen cents per pound.
- Most women washed their hair only once a month,
using borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
- The five leading causes of death were: 1) pneumonia and influenza,
3) diarrhea, 4) heart disease, and 5) stroke.
- The flag had only 45 stars (no Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Alaska,
- The population of Las Vegas was only 30.
- Crossword puzzles and iced tea had not yet been invented.
- There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
- Two of every ten adults could not read or write.
- Only 6% of Americans had graduated from high school.
- Marijuana, heroin and morphine were all available over the counter
at local corner drugstores.
- About 18% of households had at least one full-time servant or
- There were only 230 reported murders in the entire country.