Wedding bells are ringing: Some charts on tying the knot

The numbers show that the vast majority of couples choose to tie the know between May and October, with June and August proving the most popular month for setting a date. Now that we're slap bang in the middle of the wedding season, you may well have had to dust off your best bib and tucker a couple of times so far this summer. So what do the statistics say about modern marriage?

Well, it's quite a mixed picture. Research carried out by the UK's Marriage Foundation found that while 87% of men and 92% of women from the Baby Boomer generation had been married at some point during their lives, estimates are that almost half of today's twenty-somethings will never tie the knot. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics also showed that in 2014, just over half (51.2%) of the adult population in Britain was married, a fall of 2.6% on a decade ago.


The sky's the limit: Some vertigo-inducing Skyscraper stats

Going to prove that everything has to have its own 'themed' day, 10 August was 'Skyscraper Appreciation Day'. That's right, a whole day to celebrate those almost impossible to comprehend feats of modern engineering and the tall statistics which surround them.

The International Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) compiles a list of the world's tallest skyscrapers, as well as setting out the criteria by which they are measured. Completed in 2010, the number one on their list is currently the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, that monstrous 828m/2,717ft tower which has earned the imaginative classification 'megatall' from the CTBUH.

The Burj Khalifa knocked Taiwan’s Taipei 101 skyscraper off the top spot, but there have been plenty more which have come close to the number one’s dizzying heights.  Here’s a chart showing the top ten tallest skyscrapers which have ever been built, with their height given in meters:


A creative nation: New statistics show the UK's creative industry continues to boom

A government report published at the beginning of July has shown just what a creative nation Britain is, and there are some big statistics to back it up.

Despite slow economic growth and a stubbornly high unemployment rate, the creative industries have bucked the trend by continuing to grow, swelling the UK’s coffers in the process.  The creative industries are now estimated to pull in £84billion per year or £10million an hour, with exports worth upwards of £20billion to the UK economy.  Employment in this sector has increased three times faster than the national average, up almost 20% since 2011 and now accounting for a staggering 1.9million jobs.


Eyes on the prize: Some interesting Olympic statistics

With this year’s Rio Olympics kicking off on 5th August, all eyes are on the elite athletes hoping to secure medals for their home nations and on the numbers which could be predictors of their success.  In celebration of sporting achievement, here are a few little charts to get you warmed up ahead of the Games.

The first ‘modern’ summer Olympic Games was held in 1896, when it consisted of just fourteen disciplines.  Now, in 2016, there are more than 300 events and competitors come from more than 200 countries.  Since the first medals were awarded in 1904, there have been 14,713 of the glittering prizes conferred on the world’s top athletes, with America claiming the top spot having claimed 2,400 of them.



Going, going, gone: Some statistics on sporting Memorabilia

Despite Britain’s obsession with their 1966 World Cup win, it seems the chance to buy a piece of sporting history was not enough to tempt wealthy sports fans into opening their wallets earlier this month.  On 12th July the red number 10 shirt worn by Sir Geoff Hurst during his famous hat-trick failed to sell at auction, despite Sotheby’s saying there was huge interest.  The £500,000 reserve price is certainly a little steep for most of us, but it got us thinking about expensive items of sporting history and the numbers really are staggering.