The US Census Bureau in Washington, DC, announced today the first numbers from this year’s census. As of April 1, 2010, the US population was 308,745,538. That’s a 9.7% increase from the 2000 census.
The state with the biggest upswing in population was Nevada, which grew by 35% since 2000. Michigan and Puerto Rico had declines of 0.6% and 2.2%, respectively.
The bureau is required by law to report the population and congressional apportionment totals to the president by Dec. 31 of the year the census is taken. You can play with a neat interactive map of historical census data here.
Check out all our past articles on the census here. Or you might enjoy our Census Secrets CD or our Online Census Secrets webinar.