October 1, 2014

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Rockets’ red glare: 4th Figures

2.5 million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

302 million
The nation’s population in July 2007.

1 in 4
The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State had a total of 15.5 million market hogs and pigs on March 1. This represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s total. North Carolina (8.4 million) and Minnesota (6.2 million) were the runners-up.

2 in 3
The chances that the fresh tomatoes in your salad came from Florida or California, which combined accounted for 68 percent of U.S. tomato production last year. The ketchup on your hamburger or hot dog probably came from California, which accounted for 95 percent of processed tomato production in 2006.

50/50
The odds that the beans in your side dish of baked beans came from Michigan or North Dakota, which produced 49 percent of  the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2006. Another popular Fourth of July side dish is corn on the cob. Florida, California, Georgia and New York together accounted for 60 percent of the sweet corn produced nationally in 2006.

$206 million
The value of fireworks imported from China in 2006, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($216 million).

$5.3 million
The dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2006; the vast majority of this amount ($5 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau