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Urbanized area

an urban nucleus of 50,000 or more people. These urbanized areas may or may not contain any individual cities of 50,000 or more.

In general, they must have a core with a population density of 1,000 persons per square mile.

In 2000, 68% of Americans lived in 452 urbanized areas.

Urban cluster

at least 2,500 but less than 50,000 persons and a population density of 1,000 persons per square mile.

This delineation of built-up territory around small towns and cities is new for the 2000 Census.

In 2000, 11% of the U.S. population lived in 3,158 urban clusters.

Metropolitan Statistical Area

includes at least one city with 50,000 or more inhabitants, or an urbanized area (of at least 50,000 inhabitants), and a total metropolitan population of at least 100,000.

fastest growing states

Nevada (35%), Arizona (25%), and Utah (24%)

top ten fastest growing metropolitan areas between 2000 and 2010

1. Palm Coast, Florida

2. St. George, Utah

3. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada

4. Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina

5. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida

6. Provo-Orem, Utah

7. Greeley, Colorado

8. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas

9. Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, South Carolina

10. Bend, Oregon

Only state to lose population between 2000-2010


U.S. Population change from 2000-2010

The 2010 Census reported 308.7 million people in the United States, a 9.7 percent increase from the Census 2000 population of 281.4 million.

Which regions of the US experienced the most growth from 2000 to 2010?

From 2000 to 2010, regional growth was much faster for the South and West (14.3 and 13.8 percent, respectively) than for the Midwest (3.9 percent) and Northeast (3.2 percent)

Slowest growing states from 2000-2010

Rhode Island, Louisiana, and Ohio, all of which grew by less than 2.0 percent.

From 2000-2010, which state had the largest numeric increase?

Texas, up by 4.3 million people.

Which were the only states to gain over a million people during 2000-2010?

Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona

Fastest growing state in the Midwest

South Dakota, growing by 7.9%

Fastest growing state in the Northeast

New Hampshire, growing by 6.5%

Fastest growing state in the West

Nevada, growing by 35.1%

Fastest growing state in the South

Texas, growing by 20.6%

core based statistical areas (CBSAs)

Collective term for metro and micro areas

American Community Survey

replaced Census long form. Takes a sample of the population and projects the findings to the population as a whole. Began on a nationwide basis back in 2005. The survey reaches 2.5% of the nation's population each year (1 in 40 addresses, approximately 3 million households). The survey rotates annually so that no household receives the survey more than once every five years. Starting in 2006, data was available on an annual basis for all areas with a population of 65,000 or more. For smaller areas, data is reported every three to five years.

One significant difference from the long form and the ACS is that the long form asked for income received in 1999. The ACS asks for income received in the last 12 months. The Population Reference Bureau provides more information about the differences between the long form and ACS.

Fastest growing of the most populous metro areas

Houston, Atlanta, and Dallas-Ft. Worth

Metro area

contains a core urban area population of 50,000 or more.

Micro area

contains a core urban area population of at least 10,000 (but less than 50,000)

Title 13 of the U.S. Code

protects confidentiality of Census and ACS survey respondents

Baby Boomers

People born in the United States between 1946 and 1964

Generation X

These people were born between 1965 and 1976, which was a period of low birth rates

Generation Y (Echo Boom, Millennials)

the children of the baby boomers. These people were born between approximately 1977 and 2000. The exact years of this generation vary depending on the source. These are generally children born in the 1980s and 1990s.

Generation Z

children born after 2000. The exact years of this generation vary depending on the source.

minor civil division

a term used by the United States Census Bureau to designate the primary governmental and/or administrative divisions of a county, such as a civil township, precinct, or magisterial district. As of 2010, MCDs exist in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In New York, they are towns.

census county division

a subdivision of a county used by the United States Census Bureau for the purpose of presenting statistical data. A CCD is a relatively permanent statistical area delineated cooperatively by the Census Bureau and state and local government authorities. CCDs are defined in 21 states that do not have well-defined and stable minor civil divisions (MCDs), such as townships, with local governmental purposes, or where the MCDs are deemed to be "unsatisfactory for the collection, presentation, and analysis of census statistics

Date of the first Census


the center point population estimate change between 1790, 1900, and 2000

east of Baltimore; Bartholomew County, Indiana; south central Missouri

direction of center point population from 1790-1950

Due west of Baltimore

Direction of center point populations from 1950-present

Southwest (currently south central Missouri)

Settlement of America's top 50 metro cities

Every one of today's top 50 metropolitan areas was already established 100 years ago — the last one being Las Vegas in 1905.

Largest numerical increase of any decade in US history was during what decade and by how much?


increased by 32.7 million

What percentage of the population lived in a metropolitan area in 2000?


Did suburbs or central cities account for most of the metropolitan growth?


What percentage of the US population lived in suburban areas by 2000?


What was the median age of the population in 2000? Was this an increase or decrease over the median age at the beginning of the 20th century?

35.3 years old; increase

In 2000, what was the largest 5-year age group and what segment of the population did this represent?

35-39 - the Baby Booomer segment

In 2000, what three states had a majority "Minority" population (including Hispanics)

California, New Mexico, Hawaii

What percentage of housing units were owner-occupied in 2000?


In 2000, what percentage of households do women represent the head of household?

36% (about 1 in 3)

What state had the largest population in 1900? What state had the largest population in 2000?

1900: New York

2000: California

In 2000, the US is ranked as the __ most populous country in the world?

Third. Behind India and China

In 2000, what was the population density of the US (in people per square mile)? How does that compare to the population density in 1900? How does this compare to the density of other countries?

80 people per square mile, an increase from 26 people per square mile in 1900.

The overall world population density is 120 people per square mile.