THE CENSUS: California, Here They Come

Westward the course of empire takes its way.

—George Berkeley (1726)

Westward a lot of U.S. families have been taking their ways, according to a Census Bureau report issued last week. During the years 1950-58, while the total U.S. population was increasing 15%, the population of the Western states soared 29%, paced by lonely Nevada's dizzying 70% (to 272,000) and wide-open-spaced Arizona's 57% (to 1.2 million). California, having overtaken Pennsylvania back in 1950 to become the U.S.'s second most populous state, grew another 35% in 1950-58, from 10.6 million to 14.3 million. Over the same span, New York's population increased only...

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