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2000 Population Distribution in the United States

The U. S. Census Bureau has produced a 2000 Population Distribution in the United States map (also referred to as the "Nighttime Map") as part of the Census 2000 map series. In this map, the states of Alaska and Hawaii, shown in the upper left and lower left map corners respectively, are in more relative positions to the conterminous United States than in earlier map series.

The 2000 version of the Population Distribution in the United States map reflects population data from the 2000 Decennial Census. The U.S. land area is shown in black against a midnight blue background in which the population locations are shown as if lights were visible during the night sky. White dots coalesce to form the urban population concentrations. On the wall-sized version of the map, each white "dot" represents 1,000 people. On the page-sized version of the map, each white "dot" represents 7,500 people.


Map Scale:

  • Conterminous United States - 1:7,500,000
  • Alaska - 1:16,375,000
  • Hawaii - 1:9,995,000

Downloading Instructions

The file size of the PDF is very large.  To view it, it is recommended that you right-click on the PDF link and save the map to your computer before viewing it with Adobe® Reader® Link to a non-federal Web site.


How To Order

A hard copy of this map is available for purchase. It measures 27.8 x 23.2 inches. Please see our Maps Available For Purchase page for ordering information and pricing.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | (301) 763-1128 |  Last Revised: April 02, 2013