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Between April and October in 1964 and 1965, New York City hosted the World’s Fair. The fairgrounds were located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the borough of Queens. The Unisphere, the centerpiece of the fair, symbolized the dawn of the space age and reflected the fair’s theme of "Peace Through Understanding."
Previous World’s Fairs in the United States were held in cities such as: Buffalo, NY (1901); Los Angeles, CA (1923); Philadelphia, PA (1926); St. Louis, MO (1953); and Seattle, WA (1962). Below are some statistics related to the World’s Fair:
The first U.S. Census began on August 2, 1790, and was to be completed by April 1791. The total population of each state was to be transmitted to the president by September 1, 1791. Subsequent legislation allowed for the enumeration of the new state of Vermont between April and August 1791 and extended the time for completion of enumeration in South Carolina to March 1, 1792. At its conclusion, the 1790 Census recorded a total population of 3,929,214.
The U.S. Census Bureau participated in the Sesquicentennial Exposition, in Philadelphia, PA, from June 1 to December 1, 1926. The Census Bureau’s exhibit showed changes in the United States over the previous 150 years and included charts, maps, graphs, and census forms. At the center of the display was a population clock showing the estimated population of the nation.
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