sta·​tis·​tics | \ stə-ˈti-stiks How to pronounce statistics (audio) \

Definition of statistics

1 : a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of numerical data
2 : a collection of quantitative data

Examples of statistics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest county statistics show more than 1,300 COVID patients in hospitals Miami hospitals. CBS News, "Florida "heading a million miles an hour in the wrong direction" as COVID-19 cases keep rising, doctor says," 3 July 2020 Chinese health statistics also show a sterilization boom in Xinjiang., "China Cuts Uighur Births With IUDs, Abortion, Sterilization," 1 July 2020 Labor statistics for the district in 2019 show about 25% of the workforce was employed by the federal government. Los Angeles Times, "Statehood for Washington, D.C., backed by Democrats, passes House for first time," 26 June 2020 Many other statistics for Arizona, mirroring those at the national level, also show wide racial and ethnic wealth and income gaps. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Homeownership gap among many economic disparities facing Black Arizonans," 24 June 2020 State Department visa statistics show the number of nonimmigrant visas issued each month has dropped more than 90 percent since February. Nick Miroff,, "Trump orders limits on foreign workers, extends immigration restrictions," 23 June 2020 In 2016, the most recent presidential election year, statistics show 138,619 people in Jefferson County voted, with a turnout rate of 24%. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "While national voices claim 'voter suppression,' Kentucky on pace for record voter turnout," 22 June 2020 On March 13, even before schools officially closed, the hotline logged only 30 calls from educators, down from 499 on the same date a year earlier, DCS statistics show. Arizona Republic, "Calls to the child-abuse hotline have dropped 27%. What that means for kids," 16 June 2020 The national statistics further show that real disposable income was up 13% in April; this, is in large part, thanks to fiscal stimulus which is credited with increasing per capita disposable income. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "As the economy makes a recovery, here are 4 tips for investing," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of statistics

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for statistics

German Statistik study of political facts and figures, from New Latin statisticus of politics, from Latin status state

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The first known use of statistics was in 1770

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7 Jul 2020

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“Statistics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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