1918-2018, What a Difference 100 Years Can Make!

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy New Year!

2018 is a new year with new beginnings.

Let’s compare what life is like today vs life in 1918 to see how far we’ve come.

  1918 2018
Estimated number of high school graduates 311,000 3.6 million
Average Life Expectancy Men – 48 years
Woman – 54
Men – 79 years
Woman – 81
US Population 103.2 million 325.5 million
Average Household Income $1,158 $56,516
Retail Cost of an Automobile $360 $33,560
Average Home Cost $5,000 $377,710

Some of these differences are quite drastic and show that we’ve come a long way in the past 100 years!

Life expectancy has increased because of advancements in medicine.

Automobiles and houses cost more because of advancements in technology and a high standard of living.

Generally, quality of life today is better because of improvements made by the people of our past (our ancestors) and the hard work they did during their lives.

Everday technology invented since 1918

  • Television
  • Cell phones
  • Internet
  • Sunglasses
  • Microwave ovens
  • Electric can opener
  • Pop-up toasters
  • Velcro
  • Cordless power tool


Do you have relatives that were born around 1918 that are still alive? Do you know any Centurians (people 100+ years old)? Be sure to celebrate their birthday this year as reaching 100 is an amazing milestone that many humans still aren’t reaching.

Ask them what life was like for them and tell us their story in the comments and be sure to document it on your Famicity profile!

What do you think the next 100 years will hold? Will we have flying cars as promised? Will scientists develop the ultimate cure for cancer? What inventions can you think of that might be here in the future?