U.S. Census Bureau: Digital Debut

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2017 — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

DIGITAL DEBUT

Profile AmericaWednesday, June 14th. On this date in 1951, the U.S. Census Bureau was the first civilian institution to enter the computer age. After a dedication ceremony, the 13-ton UNIVAC I began its 12-year — or 73,000-hour — career of number crunching for the Census Bureau. The UNIVAC I was used to process data from the 1950 Census of the population and was among the most important milestones leading to the modern digital revolution. Now, more than 85 percent of America’s approximately 117 million households have computers, and about 64 percent have hand-held computing devices. Whether desktop or handheld, 80 percent of American households use the internet. Computer manufacturing in the nation grosses nearly $9.2 billion per year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Sources:
Census computer: www.census.gov/history/www/innovations/technology/univac_i.html
UNIVAC service and dimensions/accessed 4/6/2017:
www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=973
Households: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045216/00
Household computers and Internet: www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2016/comm/digital_nation.html
Handheld devices/American Community Survey/page 2: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acs-28.pdf
Computer manufacturing value of shipments/Annual Survey of Manufacturers/NAICS 334111: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2015/31VS101//prodsvc~334111

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu).

 

 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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