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POP Culture: 2000

ICONS: Apple Ipod, September 11, SpongeBob SquarePants
Ipod September 11, 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants

  • The "" technology bubble, spanning from 1995 to 2000, peaks when intraday trading on the NASDAQ exchange reaches 5132.52.
  • Hijacked airliners crash into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, PA, September 11, 2001.
  • On October 23, 2001, Apple Computer unveils the first Ipod.
  • The Space Shuttle Columbia breaks apart during reentry, killing the seven astronauts onboard, February 1, 2003.
  • On December 26, 2004, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded (approximately 9.3 magnitude) creates a tsunami that devastates South Asia leaving more than 230,000 dead.
  • Author Stephenie Meyer publishes Twilight the first in her wildly popular series about "Bella" Swann and a vampire named Edward Cullen.
  • Hurricane Katrina, the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, hits southeast Louisiana, August 29, 2005.
  • Author J.K. Rowling publishes the final installment of her Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, July 2007.
  • Senator Barack Obama is elected president on November 4, 2008.
  • In January 2009, Nickelodian celebrates the 10th anniversary of the hit children's television program "SpongeBob SquarePants."

The 2000 Census


10 Largest Urban Places

U.S. Resident Population: 281,421,906 Rank Place Population
Population per square mile of land area: 79.6 1 New York, NY 8,008,278
Percent increase of population from 1990 to 2000: 13.1 2 Los Angeles, CA 3,694,820
Official Enumeration Date: April 1 3 Chicago, IL 2,896,016
Number of States: 50 4 Houston, TX 1,953,631
Cost: $6.5 billion (est) 5 Philadelphia, PA 1,517,550
Cost per Capita (cents): 2309.0 (est) 6 Phoenix, AZ 1,321,045
Total Pages in Published Reports: 7 San Diego, CA 1,223,400
Number of Enumerators: 550,000 (est.) 8 Dallas, TX 1,188,580
Census Bureau Director: Kenneth Prewitt 9 San Antonio, TX 1,144,646
Number of Questions on the Short Form: 7 10 Detroit, MI 951,270
Number of Questions on the Long Form: 52 Other lists of largest urban places.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: August 07, 2014