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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

America's 308,745,538: Who They Are & How They Feel

The U.S. Census tells us that there were 308,745,538 Americans as of April 1, 2010, which is useful information to be sure. The numbers tell us our nation is growing, but not at the same rate as in the past. But the real question is what's behind these numbers? And especially, who is behind these numbers?

If you remember filling out your census form earlier this year, you'll remember that there really wasn't much to it. Just a few basic questions about where you live, your race, gender, and age.

In thinking about the results, one might wonder why people choose to live in city A over city B, what a person's age and race says about his or her health habits, or how many people out there are similar to you. Beyond the basics, you might also be curious to learn how a person's economic or employment situation affects where he or she lives or how the wellbeing of single people varies from married people or those with children. The list of questions about the people behind these numbers is endless.

That's where our Gallup data fill the knowledge gap. In our report on the 1 million surveys we conducted between January 2008 and October 2010, we report in detail -- and with unprecedented precision -- on the makeup of the American population today. We know about their day-to-day mood, their health status and health habits, and the collective wellbeing of the communities in which they live. We also know things such as how their occupation, employment status, and level of religiosity relate to their wellbeing.

And of course, it doesn't end there. If you're wondering anything about what America's 308,745,538 residents -- or the world's 6 billion citizens for that matter -- are thinking and feeling, try searching by key word at http://www.gallup.com. If you don't find your answer there, e-mail us at gallup_news@gallup.com. If we know, we'll tell you. If not, we'll consider finding out.

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