Thursday, August 02, 2007

People Who Count People

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: The first US census was held on this date in 1790. It found just under 4 million white people living in the country at that time. It also listed the five most populous cities in the U.S. in 1790. Four of those five most populous cities from 1790 are still among the 25 most populous cities according to the last U.S. census in 2000. The fifth city still exists, but is not currently one of the 200 most populous cities in the U.S. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – name the U.S. city that was a big deal in 1790 but is now only the 229th largest city in our country.

Answer: Charleston, South Carolina

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