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History Timeline 2000's

World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., opened April 29, 2004.

U.S. Timeline - The 2000s

2000-2009
The War on Terrorism

  • It began a decade before, although in many ways the intensity of the dynamic was missed, but when the hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville field on September 11, 2001, there was no denying that a new order had emerged. It was a war against our way of life, a war of terror, and our response would dominate the decade and years come.

  • To the 2010s
  • 2006 - Detail

    October 17, 2006 - The population of the United States reaches the milestone of three hundred million, taking only about forty years to gain one hundred million people since the two hundredth million person was added in 1967. At the same time, a vibrant debate on immigration policy, particularly illegal immigration, ensues across the nation.

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    USA Population Milestones*

    October 17, 2006 - 300 Million People
    November 20, 1967 - 200 Million People
    1915 - 100 Million People

    *Estimate

    USA Census Population

    The first United States census occured in 1790, as of the date August 2. It was mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. In 1790, U.S. Marshals oversaw conducting the census by visiting all households, counting free white males over 16, free white males under 16, free white females, other free persons, and slaves. It took eighteen months to complete. Virginia had the highest population at 747,610, which included 292,627 slaves. The states of Maine and Massachusetts were the only states to have no slaves counted during the 1790 census.

    1790 - 3,929,214
    1800 - 5,308,483
    1810 - 7,239,981
    1820 - 9,638,453
    1830 - 12,860,702
    1840 - 17,063,353
    1850 - 23,191,876
    1860 - 31,443,321
    1870 - 38,558,371
    1880 - 50,189,209
    1890 - 62,979,766
    1900 - 76.212,168
    1910 - 92,228,496
    1920 - 106,021,537
    1930 - 123,202,624
    1940 - 132,164,569
    1950 - 151,325,798
    1960 - 179,323,175
    1970 - 203,302,031
    1970 - 226,542,203
    1990 - 248,709,873
    2000 - 281,421,906
    2010 - 308,745,538

    Note: Diminimus differences in census population may be incurred, depending on when the source was counted at the official U.S. Census Bureau. Use these exact numbers for comparison, not fiat. There are various sources that list the 200 million mark as occurring in 1964. These are all estimates and interpolations of decade end census data. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, World Almanac Book of Facts.

    Estimated USA Population Prior to First Census

    1630 - 4,600
    1650 - 50,400
    1670 - 111,900
    1690 - 210,400
    1700 - 250,900
    1720 - 466,200
    1740 - 905,600
    1750 - 1,170,800
    1770 - 2,148,100
    1780 - 2,780,400

    USA Population Images


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