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Then and Now

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Then and Now

Every 10 years, the United States government conducts a census. The census attempts to accurately determine the population. It also gathers information about topics such as jobs and education. The questions below are based on results from the 1940 and 2010 censuses. (Source: census.gov)

  1. The U.S. population in 2010 was 308.7 million. This is about 2.3 times the 1940 population. What was the approximate 1940 population?
  2. In 2010, about 10% (0.10) of working Americans were involved in manufacturing. In 1940, about 0.25 of working Americans were involved in manufacturing. The decimal 0.25 is how many times the decimal 0.10?
  3. In 1940, the median income for working men was $956. In 2010, the median income for working men was about 34.8 times this amount. What was the median income for working men in 2010?
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