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July 4 By The Numbers

Happy Independence Day! Here are some fun facts from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2.5 million
The estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

311.7 million
The nation's estimated population in July 2011.
Source: Population Clock

$190.7 million
The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($197.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $37.0 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million).
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

$302.7 million
The annual dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation’s manufacturers, according to the latest published economic census data.
Source: 2007 Economic Census

$3.2 million
The dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2010. The vast majority of this amount ($2.8 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

$486,026
The dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2010. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407 worth.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

Editor's note: The this data was collected by the U.S. Census Bureau from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error.

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