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July 03, 2007


The following information is from the US Census Press Releases. Did you know that:

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million.
(1776 population from Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970.)

The nation’s population on this July Fourth will be 302 million.

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$206.3 million is the value of fireworks imported from China in 2006, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($216 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $22.6 million in 2006, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($8 million). <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>

View image of fireworks.
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In 2006, $5.3 million was the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags; the vast majority of this amount ($5 million) was for U.S. flags made in China. <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>

That there are 30 places nationwide with “liberty” in its name. The most populous one is Liberty, Mo. (29,042). Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.

Thirty-two places are named “eagle” — after the majestic bird that serves as our national symbol. (Places include cities, towns, villages and census-designated places.) The most populous such place is Eagle Pass, Texas, with 25,571 residents. There is also Eagle County, Colo., with a population of 49,085.

Eleven places have “independence” in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Mo., with 110,208 residents.
Five places adopted the name “freedom.” Freedom, Calif., with 6,000 residents, has the largest population among these.

Sources: <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/007001.html>,
<http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/009756.html>, and American FactFinder)

Posted by d-nadler at July 3, 2007 06:12 PM