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Census 2000:
A Look at the Big Picture
from the 2000 census.
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The 22nd Census

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l The United States has been conducting a Census every 10 years since 1790. Immediately after the new nation's constitution was enacted, the need for a count of the population was called for. First of all, because the constitution calls for it (Article 1). But even more important is the fact that a state's congressional representatives and voting districts are based upon these counts. Though crude compared to today's standards, that first census netted a total population of 3.9 million people. The 2000 census finds that we have grown to 281,421,906. In case you were counting, that is a growth of over 7000% in 210 years! l
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Growth in U.S. Resident Population: 1790 to 2000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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l For more background information http://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-4.pdf. l
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Discuss the relevance of the census for ministry and
ministry planning.
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l Gather a group of church leaders and ask them the question:
What do you think might be the relevance of the new 2000 census to our ministry?
l Or ask them, how might the census assist in your
ministry planning?
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Consider the historical growth of the census.
 
 
Ask what issues or concerns come to mind when you reflect
on the incredible growth of the US population since 1790.
 
     
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