Profile America -- Wednesday, May 29th. The nation's first daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Evening Post, began publication this week in 1783, printed by Benjamin Towne in Philadelphia. Americans' hunger for news was such that by 1850, there were some 250 dailies. The number of newspapers peaked a hundred years ago, when there were 2,600 dailies published across the nation, with a circulation of over 24 million. Today, with increasing competition from the Internet, television, and radio, the number of daily newspapers in the U.S. has dropped to just under 1,400. In year 2000, there were almost 56 million daily subscribers. Within a decade, that number dropped by 10 million. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at <www.census.gov>.
Sources: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 810
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1135