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Spotlight on the Census Atlas of the United States

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Sometimes it takes years for publications from a Decennial Census to come out. This one was worth the wait. The Census 2000 Atlas of the United States

was published in late 2007. The printed volume is a stunning, large format book filled with beautiful color maps, charts and graphs portraying an incredible array of information about who we are, how we live, and where we came from.

As an immigrant to the U.S. myself, I was particularly impressed (and somewhat surprised) by the Ancestry chapter. Side-by-side maps showing "Foreign Born" in 1900 and "Ancestry" 2000
revealed German as the top self-reported ancestry in the country as a whole and in 23 states including Nebraska. Ancestry can mean different things to different people, and most of us would have more than one country of origin to report if we went back far enough.

Even if you don't have access to the print volume it's worth while taking a look at the online version. The pdf files for each chapter will take a while to load. It will probably be several years before a Census 2010 Atlas appears, if at all.


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