World Statistics Day is celebrated every 5 years on October 20th to commemorate the adoption of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. Statistics plays a vital role in our lives, allowing for the discovery of new mathematical breakthroughs, the production of healthier industrial products and the ability to predict the weather.
The UN Statistical Commission was created in 1947 and is responsible for setting statistical standards, developing statistical concepts and methods. On October 20th, 2010, the commission proposed the first-ever World Statistics Day. It was finally decided in 2012 to hold the event every 5 years. Statistics have an immense impact on almost every industry, used to validate facts or make important decisions. They are also helpful in tracking trends and identifying patterns.
In honor of World Statistics Day, here are some interesting facts:
- The US is the world’s largest waste producer, with an average of 4.5 pounds of garbage per person.
- Statistics show that only 19% of people worldwide wash their hands after using the toilet.
- 95% of millennials have no retirement savings.
- Americans eat 4.25 billion avocados every year.
How to take part
To take part in World Statistics Day, consider researching a topic that interests you to uncover interesting facts. Writing down each time you use statistics in your daily life in a notebook is also a great way to observe and appreciate the importance of statistics. Additionally, taking a few statistics tests can help to learn more about a variety of topics.
When is World Statistics Day celebrated in 2023?
World Statistics Day is observed on October 20 each year.