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A population survey, the U.S. Census is taken every decade and determines the amount of federal funding communities receive.

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What is the main idea of a census?

The US census is believed by some to be to count the population of the US. But it is really used to decide on how many electoral votes each state should receive when it comes time to vote, however the larger the population the more electoral votes your state will receive to an extent. Electoral votes are limited and so population does not scale properly to electoral votes.

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A census calculates the population of a country which can be used for many things, such as locating places to put public service facilities (schools, post offices, roads, libraries,etc.).

In a census the citizen is asked questions about their jobs, income, and family members (children). This allows the government to see the average income of citizens, and predict the population of the future

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What was the US population in 1958?


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How many people live in the US?

Update for January 2016: 322,762,018 residents in the US.

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Life expectancy of a male born in 1943?


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How do you find US Census information for genealogy research?

The U.S. Census Bureau releases census information to the public after 72 years. So, census forms from 1790 to 1930 are now available.

You can find them on microfilm for research at the United States National Archives in Washington, DC, at some libraries, and at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS/Mormons) Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, or at other LDS family history centers.

Census indexes and pages are also available online at subscription websites such as and

Most libraries should have at least a few books of transcribed census records, if not microfilm and readers.

You could also try an internet search for census records if you haven't already. Many genealogy pages have transcribed or scanned records freely available for anyone who needs them.

This site claims to have thousands of links to online census records:

USGenweb has two online census projects worth checking out at:


USGenweb Census Project

While you are there, don't forget to check out their State Pages:

USGenweb State Links

As I mentioned above a lot of people put census info on their web pages.

You can also buy books, microfilm, and CDs of Census data - sometimes you can get lucky and find exactly what you need...used!

Be careful about buying subscriptions to some of the big genealogical sites or databases. An awful lot of the info - not only census data - they provide can be found free on the 'net (don't forget to look for messageboards - they can be invaluable). Then there are book stores, your local library or historical society, state archives, the clerk's office at the county courthouse, state or county health departments, and the list goes on and on.

The money you can save by not giving it to a large subscription site, may even be enough to hire a professional genealogist to do some research for you when you get stuck or have done as much on your own as you possibly can!

And if you haven't done so already, you might want to visit a nearby Family History Center.

To find a Family History Center in your area visit and click on the tab for "Library," then click on the link to "Family History Centers." This will take you to a page where you can search for family history center locations all over the world.

Another thing to try is to do a search for genealogists who volunteer their time and resources to help others locate data they need. Some will respond to reasonable requests at no cost to you at all. Others may only ask for postage or to be reimbursed for their expenses like copying fees.

If you decide to ask a volunteer to help you, be sure to read their policy or the website's policy and rules carefully.


>Limit yourself to one request at a time.

>Be courteous. Never forget 'Please' and 'Thank You.' You'd be surprised how many people don't bother. I have *rarely* come across a fellow genealogist who wasn't more than willing to share data, give advice or even help you with your research.

>Keep your requests reasonable.


DON'T ask for all the census records they can find for John Doe in Virginia between 1850 and 1900.

DO ask for records from the 1860 Census pertaining to a John Doe, who would have been in his early thirties in 1860, and lived in Henry Co., Virginia, with his wife, Eliza, and three children.

>Provide as much detail as you can, especially if you are researching a common surname. Being as specific as you can regardless of how common or uncommon the surname may be will help make their job easier.

>Remember these people are 'volunteers.' They don't *have* to help you or anyone else. Most of them do it simply because they want to help.

>Whether they ask it of you or not, it's always a great way to 'pay' for the help you've been given by trying to help someone else.

And I almost can learn about the NARA Microfilm Rental Program here: NARA Microfilm

Good Luck!

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Why are all the questions listed in a boring text form?

What other options would you suggest? E-mail It would be great if you included URLs of Web sites with formats that you like.

What you consider to be a boring text form may be a convenient form for others. Though suggestions for improvement of the site are most welcome, it wont be fair to refer to the present form as "boring".

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What is the population of the US?

It is currently estimated that there are 324,227,000people living in the United States as of 2016.

In the 2010 United States Census there were 308,745,538residents of the United States. This number does not include the presumed 11 million illegal immigrants that reside in the United States. There is an American census every 10 years.

The Congressional Apportionment total is higher, because it includes overseas members of the armed forces (and civilian members of the government) in their latest home state. For purposes of apportionment of representatives, the total is 309,183,463.

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What is the life expectancy of a white male born in 1947 in the US?

eighty years old

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How people in the US are at least 100 years old?

There were 50,454 centenarians in the US in 2000 (according to the US Census) and an estimated 55,000 in 2005.

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What are the average number of children per household?

This depends on what country you are talking about. For example, the average in the US is 2-3 children.

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What percentage of Americans live to be 88 years old?


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The oldest living person in Arizona?

April 11, 2011: No sources say, but Elva McKittrick, born December 21, 1900, is the oldest I am aware of.

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What is census taking?

Recording the amount of people in a country.

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What was the census of the US from 1610-1790?

There was no official US census until 1790. Some territories and states conducted censuses for various reasons before that, but there was no standard census. Beginning in 1790 a decennial census was conducted in accordance with the US Constitution that mandates the census as a means of apportioning the House of Representatives - determining how many representatives each state is entitled to.

Up until 1850 the only data on the census was the name of the head of the household and the number of people of various ages, sex, and race who lived in the household. Beginning in 1850 the name of each person in the household was recorded along with their ages, place of birth, and occupation. The questions asked on the census have varied, with the most complete data collected from 1900 and after. The census of 1890 was mostly burned in a fire and only a small amount of it survived. By law the individual census information is not released for publication for 72 years to protect the privacy of individuals. The last census available for viewing is 1930.

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What is the ratio of women to men in America?

According to Census 2000, 281.4 million people were counted in the United States - 143.4 million of whom were female and 138.1 million male. About a 1434/1381 ratio women/men.

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What is the world death rate per minute?

8.37 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)

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What is the purpose of a census?

A census calculates the population of a country which can be used for many things, such as locating places to put public service facilities (schools, post offices, roads, libraries,etc.). In a census the citizen is asked questions about their jobs, income, and family members (children). This allows the government to see the average income of citizens, and predict the population of the future.
The purpose of a census is many fold:-

  1. As an historical record of the population of a country, how families are arranged, hosed and what occupations are being undertaken by those employed.
  2. As a means of underpinning decisions about where government resources will need to be spent in future.
  3. As a means of deciding how many elected representative an area should have.

Census data is merged with other data to compile a comprehensive picture regarding the state of a country as part of the census process.

Census data is invaluable to those wishing to build their family trees.


A census calculates the population of a country which can be used for many things, such as locating places to put public service facilities (schools, post offices, roads, libraries,etc.). In a census the citizen is asked questions about their jobs, income, and family members (children). This allows the government to see the average income of citizens, and predict the population of the future.


to get info to build roads how many cars to make and estimate population



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How many people in the U.S. are over 100 years old?

There are approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. who are over 100 years old

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Which European country imported the most slaves to the Americas?

Portugal was the leader. Exporting 5,074,900. Which is 46% of the total slaves being exported from Europe. America imported about 340,000. Most coming from Portugal.

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Why are people concerned with taking the census?

When our country was formed, the States gave the Federal government a few limited powers and put those down in the US Constitution. One of these powers was the requirement to take the census at intervals.

Taking the census is historically important -- remember that Mary and Joseph were in Bethlem to be counted in the Roman census when their baby, Joshua, was born. He is remembered today as Jesus, the Christ.
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What is the average age men get divorced at worldwide?

30-34 see related link below.

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What was the US population in 1942?

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What is the percentage of felons that return to prison?

This is not an easy number to generate as evidenced by the Department of Justice Bureau of Statistics. Only two studies on recidivism have been done in the past twenty years, 1989 and 1994. Of the two, the 1994 study is considered the most comprehensive. The 1994 study was conducted using data from fifteen states, representing the averages for all US states' incarceration and offender types. Below are some percentages from that study:

Rates of release by class of crime:

  • robbers - 70.2%
  • burglars - 74.0%
  • larcenists - 74.6%
  • motor vehicle thieves - 78.8%
  • possession and sales of stolen property - 77.4%
  • possession, sales, and/or use of illegal weapons - 70.2%
  • rapists - 2.5% within 3 years (The rate climbs or falls based on other factors - 15% for those involved in homosexual acts to statistically untrackable for those involved in any sexual crime involving a family member)
  • homicide - 1.2%

Percentages in light of raw numbers:

  • Of the 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 that were the focus of the study, they represented 4.1 million arrest charges before their most recent imprisonment. Three years after their release they represented another 744,000 charges.

Of the tracked crimes:

  • An average of 56.1125% returned to prison within three years of release in 1994.

The numbers tracked by the FBI on their Uniform Crime Report, supports this data and indicates little change from then until now.

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What is de-jure census count?

In a de jure census count, all persons normally resident in the area are counted including permanent residents who are temporarily away but excluding temporary residents and visitors. This is in contrast to a de facto census that counts people present in the area including temporary residents and visitors but excluding permanent residents who are away.

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What is the population of Hawaii?

  • The population of Hawaii was 1,211,537 as of 2000.
  • Population estimate in 2004 was 1,262,840.
  • As of 2005 the population was 1,275,194
  • According to, the 2008 ACS population estimate for Hawaii is 1,288,198.

About 1,290,000 in 2010.


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