U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 30: First Daily Newspaper

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Tuesday, May 30th. The nation’s first daily newspaper, the short-lived Pennsylvania Evening Post, began publication on this date in 1783, printed by Benjamin Towne in Philadelphia. Americans’ hunger for news was such that by 1850, there were some 250 dailies. The number of newspapers peaked around a hundred years ago, when there were 2,600 dailies published across the nation, with a circulation of over 24 million. Today, the number of daily newspapers in the U.S. has dropped to around 1,330. In the year 2000, there were almost 56 million daily subscribers. Within a decade, that number dropped by 10 million. In the U.S. today there are nearly 7,400 publishers of daily or other newspaper issues, and they employ over 200,000 people. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

First daily newspaper/accessed 3/6/2017: www.nps.gov/revwar/revolution_day_by_day/1783_main.html
Growth of dailies: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 810
Dailies today/accessed 3/6/2017:
Circulation in 2000/accessed 3/6/2017:
Current publishers and employment County Business Patterns/NAICS 51111: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~51111

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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