Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau, here’s a look at the Fourth of July, by the numbers:
2.5 million: On July 4, 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent United States of America.
311.7 million: The estimated population on this July Fourth.
$3.2 million: In 2010, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American Flags.
$2.8 million: Value of American Flags made in China.
$486,026: Value of U.S. flags exported in 2010. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407-worth.
$190.7 million: Value of fireworks imported from China in 2010.
31: U.S. place-names that include the word “liberty.” The most populous as of April 1, 2010, is Liberty, Mo.
35: Place names that include “Eagle.” The most populous is Eagle Pass, Texas.
11: Place names that include the word “Independence.” The most populous one is Independence, Mo.
9: Place names that include “Freedom.” The most populous one is New Freedom, Pa.
130: Ranking of the name “Washington” among all last names in America in 2000.
$98.3 billion: Dollar value of trade in 2010 between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today.
81 million: Americans who took part in at least one barbecue in 2010.
More than 25 percent: Chance that your July Fourth hot dog or sausage will have been made in Iowa.
More than 33 percent: Chance that your side dish of baked beans originated in North Dakota, which produced 36 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2010.
More than 50 percent: Chance that the potato that was made into your potato chips was grown in Washington or Idaho.
750 million: Pounds of watermelons grown in Florida in 2010.