Who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence? Is there a U.S. county named Independence? What was the nation’s population in 1776?
As the nation celebrates this Independence Day, it’s a good time to reflect on how our Founding Fathers enshrined in our Constitution the importance of statistics as a vital tool for measuring people, places and economy.
The U.S. population was 2.5 million in 1776. It is more than 130 times larger today at 330 million.
The following statistics — historical and whimsical — come from responses to U.S. Census Bureau surveys:
Derick Moore is senior communications specialist at the Census Bureau.
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