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Number of 100-year-olds is booming in US

America's population of centenarians — already the largest in the world — has roughly doubled in the past 20 years to around 72,000 and is projected to at least double again by 2020, according to the Census Bureau. Full story

Working women better educated than men: Census

A higher percentage of U.S. working women have college degrees than working men, the Census Bureau said on Tuesday in a report on American educational attainment. Full story

Tiny Missouri village of Plato named U.S. population center

Village officials in Plato, Missouri are trying to figure out how to make the most of being declared by the U.S. Census Bureau as the population center of the United States. Full story

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South rises again, leading U.S. in population growth

New milestone: 1 in 6 US residents is Hispanic

Census shows more Hispanics in South Carolina

Census: America's population growth is slowing

Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete

Another victim of the recession: marriages

More Americans living in poverty

Number of uninsured Americans hits record high

Many say poverty rate is a poor measure

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  Escalating U.S. poverty rate sends shockwaves

New numbers from the Census Bureau showed what too many struggling Americans already know: There are more working-age Americans are living below the poverty level than at any time since 1965. NBC's Lee Cowan reports on what's behind these grim statistics.

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Director of U.S. Census Bureau Robert Groves talks to the media after a presentation of the 2010 Census U.S. population in Washington
Director of U.S. Census Bureau Robert Groves talks to the media after a presentation of the 2010 Census U.S. population in Washington

Director of U.S. Census Bureau Robert Groves talks to the media after a presentation of the 2010 Census U.S. population at the National Press Club in Washington December 21, 2010. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday showed that the country's population has risen 9.7 percent in the past