## Facts vs. Statistics

## Facts

## Statistics

### Facts are statements from reliable sources about real things.

Example: Your topic sentence claims that cheetahs are the fastest animals on land.

*Fact: Cheetahs have a sprinting speed of up to 71 mph.*

*Fact: Loose hip and shoulder joints help the cheetah extend its reach while running, enabling short bursts of high speed.*

### Statistics are facts expressed in numbers. There are many other ways to express facts.

Example: Your topic sentence claims that the Chinese are big users of the Internet.

*Statistic: A study in 2010 counted Chinese users at over 440 million, second only to English users who number about 537 million.*

### This is a fact. It is also a statistic.

### In order to identify a fact, you must first determine if a source is credible.

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Still confused? Here's a few more definitions.

- A
**statistic**is a number or a fraction or any form of numerical data, such as the population of a city, the number of people in a building...things like that. - A
**fact**is an accepted theory or idea that can be proven, such as the sky is blue, the grass is green.

Example: The population of Maple Town is 65,906 people. (Statistic) The population last year was 64,898. (Statistic) The population has increased since last year. (Fact)

Another definition:

- A
**fact**is a piece of information used as evidence. - A
**statistic**is a fact or piece of data from a study of a large quantity of numerical data.

Another definition:

- A
**fact**is something that has actual existence: a matter of objective reality. - A
**statistic**is a quantity (such as the mean of a sample) that is computed from a sample.