1905 - Facts From 100 Years Ago
The year is 1905. One
hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1905:
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven
There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily
populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st
most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
The average wage in the
U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a
dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and
$4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per
More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at
Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had no college education.
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax
or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that
prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any
Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been
admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6
percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the
counter at the local corner drugstores. (Shocking!)
Eighteen percent of
households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or
There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.