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Welcome to MATH Magazine’s Numbers in the News! Each week we'll post a math question based on a current news story. Read and solve the question.

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That Makes Census

Friday, April 16, was the last official day to return the census form to the Census Bureau. The census is a way for the government to keep track of how many people live in each city, town, and state. The data is used for many purposes, including distributing federal funding to states. It's very important that one person in every household fills out the census form. That way, money can be given where it's needed in an area: schools, hospitals, and more! The census also determines how many representatives each state has in the House of Representatives. According to the 2000 census, Texas had a population of 20,851,820. The total U.S. population was 281,421,906. About what percent of the population lived in Texas? (Round to the nearest tenth.)

For more information on the 2010 census, see pages 10-11 of the March 29/April 12 issue of MATH.