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Apple iPod

September 11

SpongeBob SquarePants

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Population

281,421,906
U.S. Resident Population
79.6
Population per square mile of land area
13.1
Percent increase of population from 1990 to 2000
50
Number of States

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The 2000 Census

Cost $6.5 billion (est.)
Cost per Capita (cents) 2309.0 (est.)
Total Pages in Published Reports N/A
Number of Enumerators 550,000 (est.)
Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt
Number of Questions on the Questionnaire 7
Number of Questions on the Long Form 52

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10 Largest Urban Places

Rank
Place
Population
1
New York City, NY 8,008,278
2
Los Angeles, CA 3,694,820
3
Chicago, IL 2,896,016
4
Houston, TX 1,953,631
5
Philadelphia, PA 1,517,550
6
Phoenix, AZ 1,321,045
7
San Diego, CA 1,223,400
8
Dallas, TX 1,188,580
9
San Antonio, TX 1,144,646
10
Detroit, MI 951,270

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Pop Culture

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  • The "dot.com" 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."

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