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50 States

This volume is designed to serve the needs of those seeking basic information on individual states and the District of Columbia. Each chapter includes profile listing of key facts on population, geography, history and other points of interest, followed by a brief state history, state timeline, and notes for further study. The bulk of each state chapter is made up of 40 statistical tables, arranged under these subject headings: Demographics; Vital Statistics; Economy; Land Use; Government and Finance; Politics; Health and Medical Care; Housing; Education; Transportation and Travel; Crime and Law Enforcement. These tables emphasize data on the subject likely to be of greatest to readers, and draw primarily on the latest federal government statistics, most notably, the results of the U.S. Census 2010 that are, in many cases, compared with data from as long as 40 years ago. Following the state chapters is a section that shows how each state ranks nationally in important statistical categories and figures showing each state’s share of national totals.

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