July 2, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, JULY 2: FORGING A NATION
— Tuesday, July 2nd. On this date in 1788 — 225 years ago — that the Constitution of
the United States
was formally established, transforming the loose organization of the states under the Articles of Confederation into a more perfect union. Besides securing the rights of citizens and establishing the limits of government authority, the Constitution calls for a census every 10 years, to ensure that seats in the House of Representatives reflect the distribution of the U.S. population. The 1790 Census found 3.9 million resident Americans, and when the first Congress convened, the House had 59 members. Today,
alone has 53 seats in the House, and the 2010 Census found the population of
alone is around 3.8 million.
is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 1790 Fast FactsU.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Fast Facts
is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at
(look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau