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Census 2000:
A Look at the Big Picture
from the 2000 census.
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U.S. Adds 32.7 Million People in the '90s

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l The expected 10% population growth rate for the past decade was exceeded by good measure. In 1990, the total U.S. population was 248,709,873. The official, non-adjusted* 2000 Census posts the total U.S. population at 281,421,906, an actual growth rate of about 13% during the '90s. The addition of 32.7 million people sets a new record, exceeding the baby boom decade of the '50s by 4 million. At this pace our population will pass 300 million by mid-decade! To keep an eye on our rapidly growing population check the Census Bureau's Population Clock at http:www.census.gov. l
     
l lNext Month's QuickInsight
Growing States: Where's the Population Going?
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  * This figure does not include the Census Bureau's estimate of undercount.  
     
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Total United States Resident Population: 1990 to 2000
with 2005 Estimate Based Upon Current Growth Rate
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Total Resident Population: 1990 to 2000
l 1990 Actual l 248,709,873 l
  2000 Actual   281,421,906  
  2005 Estimate   300,000,000  
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  Check the Census Bureau's Population Clock at http://www.census.gov to see the estimate
for how much the population has grown since the Census was taken in 2000.
 
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Think about and discuss United States population growth with
your leadership
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l Were you surprised by the amount of growth? Does this kind of growth have any relevance to your ministry setting? Or are the national figures too far removed from your daily life?
l Ask leaders to develop a list of issues that this growth brings
to mind.
l After capturing common themes, set aside time to a) identify additional questions you want to research and b) discuss why these issues are provoked by the data.
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