Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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August 1st
U.S. Population, 1790‒2000
The Constitution requires that the government conduct a census once every ten years. The results are used to allocate Congressional seats, electoral votes, and government funding. The first U.S. census reported that as of August 1, 1790, the country contained nearly 4 million people. According to Census Bureau estimates, by 2010 the population had surpassed 308 million.

Year Population Land Area,
sq. mi.
People
per sq. mi.
1790 3,929,214 864,746 4.5
1800 5,308,483 864,746 6.1
1810 7,239,881 1,681,828 4.3
1820 9,638,453 1,749,462 5.5
1830 12,866,020 1,749,462 7.4
1840 17,069,453 1,749,462 9.8
1850 23,191,876 2,940,042 7.9
1860 31,443,321 2,969,640 10.6
1870 38,558,371 3,540,705 10.9
1880 50,189,209 3,540,705 14.2
1890 62,979,766 3,540,705 17.8
1900 76,212,168 3,547,314 21.5
1910 92,228,496 3,547,045 26.0
1920 106,021,537 3,546,931 29.9
1930 123,202,624 3,551,608 34.7
1940 132,164,569 3,551,608 37.2
1950 151,325,798 3,552,206 42.6
1960 179,323,175 3,540,911 50.6
1970 203,302,031 3,536,855 57.5
1980 226,542,199 3,539,289 64.0
1990 248,709,873 3,536,278 70.3
2000 281,424,603 3,537,438 79.6
American History Parade
1790
The first U.S. census shows a population of 3,929,214.

1873
San Francisco’s first cable car begins operation on Clay Street Hill.

1876
Colorado becomes the thirty-eighth state.

1907
The Army establishes an aeronautical division that eventually becomes the U.S. Air Force.

1941
During World War II, the first Jeep rolls off an assembly line in Toledo, Ohio.
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