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The Census Bureau estimates that the US population now stands at 265 million - roughly 66 times larger than in 1790, when the first census was taken. This total implies a density of 70 individuals per square land mile. Approximately 83% of the population is white, nearly 13% is black, and about 9% is of Latino background. Women constitute slightly more than half of the total.

Suggested citation: “Demographics,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 96-06, pp. 10, 06.01.1996.

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