Image description: Our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 to commemorate the victory of the United States against Great Britain. In 1931, after more than 40 bills, Congress officially declared that The Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem of the United States.
Photo from the Library of Congress
Image description: Today’s national symbol is the American bald eagle. It is the national bird of the United States and an endangered species success story. It is easily recognized by the white feathers on its head and tail (in adults).
Bald eagles live approximately 20 years and their natural habitat spans almost all of North America from Alaska to northern Mexico. (Photo: Karen Laubenstein, USFWS)
Image description: In celebration of this 4th of July holiday week we will be posting a series on well-known American national symbols.
First up, is our flag.
On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act which established the official flag of the United States often referred today as the “Stars and Stripes.”
The stars represent our 50 states and the red and white stripes represent the original 13 colonies that severed their political ties to Britain.
Image description: This Census map shows the new center of the U.S. population, based on 2010 census data.
The new center of the U.S. population is Plato, Missouri, according to 2010 census data. With each new census, a new center of the U.S. population emerges. Over the years, it has continually moved west, as the population moved off the east coast. For the first census, in 1790, the center of population was Chestertown, Maryland.
Use the interactive map from the Census Bureau to see how the center of population has changed over the years.