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Population

308,745,538
U.S. Resident Population
87.4
Population per square mile of land area
9.7
Percent increase of population from 2000 to 2010
50
Number of States

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The 2010 Census

Cost $12.9 billion
Cost per Capita (cents) 4778
Total Pages in Published Reports N/A
Number of Enumerators 635,000 (est.)
Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves
Number of Questions on the Questionnaire 10
Number of Questions on the Long Form N/A

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10 Largest Urban Places

Rank
Place
Population
1
New York City, NY 8,175,133
2
Los Angeles, CA 3,792,621
3
Chicago, IL 2,695,598
4
Houston, TX 2,099,451
5
Philadelphia, PA 1,526,006
6
Phoenix, AZ 1,445,632
7
San Antonio, TX 1,327,407
8
San Diego, CA 1,307,402
9
Dallas, TX 1,197,816
10
San Jose, CA 945,942

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Pop Culture

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  • On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastates Haiti, killing more than 230,000 and destroying the nation's infrastructure.
  • On January 27, 2010, Apple Computer unveils the iPad tablet computer.
  • In February 2010, a series of winter storms labeled "Snowmageddon" by President Obama blankets the east coast of the United States with up to 40 inches of snow in less than 1 week.
  • British Petroleum's "Deepwater Horizon" offshore oil platform explodes on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers. The ensuing oil leak would not be capped until July 15.
  • On August 31, 2010, President Obama formally declares an end to combat operations in Iraq.
  • On October 4, 2010, Robert G. Edwards is awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the development of in vitro fertilization.
  • Time Magazine announces Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is its 2010 Person of the Year.
  • U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others are shot by a gunman during a "Congress on Your Corner" event held on January 8, 2011, in Tucson, AZ.
  • A 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan on March 11, 2011. The quake and subsequent tsunami devastate the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku.
  • On May 2, 2011, U.S. Navy Seals raid a residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the United State's most wanted terrorist—Osama Bin Laden.
  • The launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) on May 16, 2011, marks its last mission to space and the second to last shuttle mission before the end of the space shuttle program.
  • After 25 seasons and more than 5,000 episodes, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs its last original episode on May 25, 2011.

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