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Population density of the United States 2019

Population density of the United States from 1790 to 2019 in residents per square mile of land area

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Release date

December 2019


United States

Survey time period

1790 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Data for 2017 are estimates based on the census population estimates, accessible here, and using the 2010 census land area.

Area figures represent area on indicated date including in some cases considerable areas not then organized or settled, and not covered by the census. Area data include Alaska beginning in 1870 and Hawaii beginning in 1900. Total area figures for 1790 to 1970 have been recalculated on the basis of the remeasurement of states and counties for the 1980 census, but not on the basis of subsequent censuses. The land and water area figures for past censuses have not been adjusted and are not strictly comparable with the total area data for comparable dates because the land areas were derived from different base data, and these values are known to have changed with the construction of reservoirs, draining of lakes, etc. Density figures are based on land area measurements as reported in earlier censuses.

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