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US Population Up 2.7 Million
Houston County Courier - January 2009
By Sharron Randall
The United States will enter 2009 with 305,529,237 residents the Census Bureau estimated on Monday, Dec. 29. That is an increase of 2,743,429 this year.
The bureau also said that in January one birth is expected to occur every eight seconds in the United States and one death every 12 seconds. In addition international migration is expected to add one person every 36 seconds to the US population in January alone.
The top 10 questions people ask the Census Bureau are What is the U.S. population? Which is the largest state? Which is the fastest growing state? What is the poverty threshold? Which state has the highest income? Which is America's largest city? Which is America's largest minority group? What is the American FactFinder? Do you do genealogical research? and What do you do the other 9 years?
One can find the population estimates for the 100 fastest growing U.S. counties with 10,000 or more population and annual estimates of the population for incorporated places over 100,000. One can look up the annual estimates of the population for the United States, regions, states, and Puerto Rico.
If you search for Houston County, Texas the census report will bring to light the population, persons under 5 years old, persons under 18 years old and persons 65 years old and over.
And almost more information than you would want to know: census statistics print for you the percentages of female persons, white persons, American Indian and Alaska Naïve persons, Asian persons, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, persons of Hispanic or Latino origin and persons reporting two or more races.
Language other than English spoken at home, high school graduates, and Bachelor's degrees or higher discerns ethnicity as well as educational levels of people in Houston County.
Homeownership rate, housing units and median value of owner-occupied housing units, as well as number of households, per capita money income and percent of persons below poverty can be discovered through QuickFacts.
Total number of firms, black-owned, Hispanic or women-owned firms, retail sales, building permits, and Federal spending are listed under Business QuickFacts and in Geography Quickfacts, you'll find the land area in square miles and number of persons per square mile in Houston County.
The mean travel time to work in minutes reported by workers age 16 and older in Houston County is compared to the state's census figures.
Answers to questions asked: California has the largest population of 36,553,215 and Alaska is the largest in land area with 571,951.26 square miles. Utah is the fastest growing state with a 2.5 percent growth of rate (July 1, 2008).
The highest median household income is New Jersey, with $65,933, based on a 3-year average (from 2007 data), and New York City is still tops at 8.2 million; Los Angeles is second at 3.8 million; Chicago is third at 2,8 million and Houston is the fourth largest U.S. city in population with 2.2 million.
There are 12 Texas counties listed in the 100 fastest growing U.S. counties: Rockwall, Williamson, Collin, Hays, Denton, Montgomery, Kaufman, Comal, Kendall, Ellis and Burnet.
And Hispanics numbering 45.5 million as of July 1 are now America's largest minority
Although genealogists use census records in their research, the Census Bureau does not provide genealogical information. Census records are available from the National Archives and Records Administration (1930 census and earlier censuses.)
A free online tool for accessing key Census Bureau data, the American FactFinder, sets the population and housing census, the economic census, the American Community Survey, and others.
Finally, though the decennial census, taken every 10 years, is a very important activity, the Census Bureau is the nation's fact finder on the economy as well as providing important up-to-date information through its survey programs.