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Making Census of the Results

The results are in for the 2010 census! Every ten years, the Census Bureau counts the people in each state by delivering a 10-question form to every residence in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The government uses the results to determine how many delegates each state gets in the House of Representatives and to figure out how to distribute federal funding to the states for schools, hospitals, and other services. In 2000, the U.S. population was 281.4 million. The 2010 census reported a 9.7 percent increase in the U.S. population. What is the current U.S. population, according to the census results? Round your answer to the nearest tenth.

This is about the making census and results of the population and the increases in the U.S. answer is 308.7

308.3 million for 2010 USA census.

Congrats to Travis M and Alex A. for getting the correct answer, but only by teamwork! Travis's number, 308.7, is correct, but he left off the units (millions), which Alex remembered. So the approximate U.S. population as reported by the 2010 Census is about 308.7 million people (308,700,000 people).

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