ADVISORY: The gap in funding federal government operations in the first 16 days of October cut the Profile America production cycle by more than half. Only 15 unique products are available for November. No Profile America feature for November is day/date specific, but can be played any day in the month.
Normal production resumes with December's daily files.
Profile America — a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau. A key part of daily telecommunications is 62 years old this month, as direct-dial telephone area codes for transcontinental calling were introduced in 1951. The mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, made the first official call, picking up the phone and directly called his counterpart in Alameda, California. At the time, all long distance calls went through an operator. To begin with, there were 86 exchanges, but the vast expansion in cell phone usage means the U.S. is fast running out of 10-digit phone numbers. American residential customers on average pay $434 annually for their home telephone service and $712 for cell phone usage. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at <www.census.gov>.