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Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:02 am | Updated: 1:20 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

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2,977: Total victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

3: Victims added to the official toll who died because of dust exposure.

343: Firefighters from New York departments killed at the World Trade Center.

60:Police officers killed at the World Trade Center.


Miles of fire hose that had to be replaced.


Approximate number of workers at the World Trade Center when the planes hit.

18: People who escaped from inside or above the south tower impact zone.

0: People who escaped from inside or above the north tower impact zone.

2.3: Magnitude, on the Richter scale, of the seismic impact of the north tower’s collapse.

62: Times emergency dispatchers said “Stay where you are” to callers in the towers.

52: Times they said “We’re on the way.”

86.2: Percentage increase in blood donations nationwide, comparing the 20 days before Sept. 11 with the 20 days after.

93: Nationalities of victims.

8: Months before Sept. 11 that Mohamed Atta, the lead hijacker, was readmitted to the country after overstaying his visa.

25: Days before Sept. 11 that Zacarias Moussaoui, the 20th hijacker, was arrested on immigration charges.

29.9 million: Ounces of silver recovered from a Bank of Nova Scotia vault below the towers.

6,579: Airline passengers and crew members stranded in Gander, Newfoundland, after flights were grounded.

26: Hours after the north tower’s collapse that the last survivor was pulled from the rubble.

300: Approximate number of search and rescue dogs deployed at the World Trade Center, Fresh Kills landfill and the Pentagon.

7: Days passed before Christie Whitman, the EPA administrator, said the air in New York was “safe to breathe.”

99: Days passed before Gov. George E. Pataki declared the fires had been extinguished.

261: Days passed before last piece of steel, a 58-ton segment of column, was carted away.

6,204: American military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan operations.

141: Military women killed.

2,300: American contractors killed.

144,000: Service members in either country as of Aug. 25, 2011.

1,192: Foreign coalition forces killed.

18,678: Iraqi and Afghan security forces killed.

102,339: Minimum number of Iraqi civilians killed, including by other Iraqis, according to Iraq Body Count.

172 million: Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) sent to personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.

$1,645: Monthly pay for an Army private, with $225 additional for combat.

779: Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2002.

14: Percentage of former Guantanamo detainees who returned to terrorist activity.

1: Former Guantanamo detainees who have been tried in the United States.

38,144: Green cards issued to immigrants from Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Egypt in fiscal year 2001.

23,695: Number issued in fiscal year 2002.

63,290: Number issued in fiscal year 2010.

5: Years since the Homeland Security threat level was last raised.

26 million: Lighters confiscated at airports in the three years they were banned.

40,000: Plastic bins with advertising at airport screening stations.

58: Defendants convicted since 9/11 in New York City’s federal courthouses in cases directly related to global terrorism.

16,000: Names on the “no-fly” list.

677,539: Care packages sent to American troops by Operation Gratitude.

80,680: Service members treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

1,316: American war amputees.

538,000: Veterans using the post-9/11 GI Bill.

21,817: World Trade Center human remains recovered.

9,006: Remains never matched to a victim.

1,121: Victims never identified through remains.

$2.08 million: Average government settlement for families of those killed.

13,065: Minimum number of people found to have 9/11-related asthma and other lower respiratory ailments.

10,320: Minimum found to have 9/11-related PTSD and other mental illnesses.

3,000: Estimated number of children who lost a parent on 9/11.

21: 9/11-related life insurance claims investigated by the frauds bureau of the New York State Insurance Department.

17: Children of firefighters killed who later joined the fire department.

2: Children of police officers killed who later joined the police department.

40,000: Minimum number of items left behind as tributes at Shanksville, Pa.

408: New York City streets co-named for 9/11 victims.

$20 billion: Federal aid for Lower Manhattan cleanup and reconstruction.

1,200: Communities that have received or will receive a piece of World Trade Center steel.

7.5: Tons of World Trade Center steel incorporated into the USS New York.

$675: Average cost, per square foot, to build office space in New York City.

$1,000: Cost per square foot of 1 World Trade Center.

186: Height, in feet, of the tower’s fortified concrete base.

12.5 million: Square feet of office space at the World Trade Center on Sept. 10, 2001.

11.7 million: Square feet if all six planned office buildings are constructed.

34,420: Population of Lower Manhattan in 2000.

60,978: Population in 2010.

5.1 million: International tourists visiting New York in 2002.

9.7 million: International tourists in 2010.

1.6 billion: World Muslim population.

2.6 million: Muslims in the United States.

6.2 million: Projected Muslim population of the United States, 2030.

1: Broadcast season of “Arabs Got Talent.”

2: Muslims in the U.S. House of Representatives.

5: Cable markets in the United States where Al-Jazeera English is available.

36: Newborns named Osama in the United States in 2001.

55: Newborns named Osama from 2002 to 2009.

93: Percentage of Muslim Americans who believe their fellow Muslims are loyal to the United States.

48: Percentage who believe they have experienced racial or religious discrimination in the past year.

25: Percentage of Americans who say they harbor negative feelings toward Muslims because of 9/11.

2: Countries that have barred women from wearing facial veils in public (Belgium and France).

$4: Cost of “Freedom Fries” at Geno’s Steaks in Philadelphia.

2006: Year the U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria returned to calling them French fries.

2005: Year “jihadist” was added to the Merriam-Webster College Dictionary.

2009: Year “waterboarding” was added.

4: Months the release of “Collateral Damage” was postponed because it featured a terrorist bombing in Los Angeles.

150: Songs (e.g. “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” “Jump”) that Clear Channel deemed “lyrically questionable” after 9/11.

2: Baseball teams that still regularly play “God Bless America” in the seventh-inning stretch (Yankees and Dodgers).

2.2 million: Sales of “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen’s 9/11-themed album.

151,898: Commemorative 10th anniversary coins, $56.95 apiece, sold by the U.S. Mint.

13,641: Sales in North America of “Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-Up of 9/11.”

15: Days after 9/11 that the Todd M. Beamer Memorial Foundation sought a trademark for the phrase “Let’s roll.”

50: Approximate number of free 9/11 tattoos that Daredevil Tattoo on the Lower East Side gave firefighters in the first year.

— The New York Times

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