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Significant Digits For Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.

14th-worst defeat

The NBA’s Western Conference finals have been turned upside down by Sunday’s Golden State Warriors loss to the Oklahoma Thunder in Game 3 of the series. The 28-point loss was the 14th-worst ever for a top-seeded team in the playoffs, judging by point margin. That the Warriors were supposed to be a historically-great top seed made it even more shocking. [FiveThirtyEight]

20 counties

Half of the growth in new business creation during the economic recovery has happened in a mere 20 counties in the U.S., according to a study from Economic Innovation Group, a research and advocacy group founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker. [The Washington Post]

55.3 percent

According to a 2014 study, that’s the percentage of psychiatrists who take private insurance, compared to the 88.7 percent average for all health care professionals. The reasons for this are complex, but the gist is that since so many in the field work solo, and insurance companies haven’t upped the compensation rate in years, it can make more sense to ask patients to pay cash a lot of the time. [Quartz]


In addition to a one-game suspension, Dahntay Jones of the Cleveland Cavaliers owes a fine of $80.17 for punching Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin during Game 3. Teammate LeBron James, presumably after ruffling through his couch cushions for a few lost twenties, said he will cover the fine. [ESPN, h/t @JoeyCasavecchia]

89.9 percent

Percentage of Spotify revenues derived from paid subscriptions in 2015, with the rest coming from users playing ads on the free advertisement-supported tier. This means that the vast majority of Spotify’s $2.18 billion in 2015 revenue came from the 31 percent of its users who were paid subscribers. [Quartz]

13,317,980 visitors

Number of visitors this past 2015-16 season to Broadway, up 1.6 percent over the previous season. Also, another fun digit in the data: 478,605. That is the precise number of people I now know I envy, because they have seen “Hamilton” on Broadway and I have not. [The New York Times]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.