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CENSUS: The Women

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For every 100 females in the U.S. in 1900, there were 104.4 males, and the females pretty much had things that way for half a century. Then, in 1950, the U.S. Census disclosed that this state of affairs was changing: there were only 99.2 men for every 100 women. Last week the bureau, closing its books on its July 1, 1956 re-estimate of the population, proved that women’s ascendancy was no idle boost. The new findings: for every 100 females there are 98.4 men, a further drop in the ratio, caused partly by the continuing trend of female longevity, partly by a heavy reduction in male immigration to the U.S. after the great wave of arrivals at the turn of the century.

Other census statistics:

¶ Since 1950, the number of aged people (65 or older) increased 18.3% to 14.4 million.

¶ The number of children of elementary-school age (5 to 13 years) jumped a sharp 31.7% to 29.2 million.

¶ Total U.S. population increased 11.2% to 168,091,000.

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