WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST TELEPHONE DIRECTORY
Profile America — Tuesday, February 21st. In the early days of the telephone, knowing who had one and what the number was quickly became a problem. The first telephone directory in the U.S. was published on this date in 1878 in New Haven, Connecticut. It wasn't a big list — there were only 50 subscribers. A little later, a directory also came out in San Francisco, with about 170 names. Today, of America's 118 million housing units occupied by owners or renters, over 115 million, or nearly 98 percent, have cellular or landline telephone service. Thirteen firms issue directories for the nation's personal and business phone numbers, which in 2010 already totaled more than 1.4 billion. Manufacturing telephones and associated equipment is a $7.6 billion a year domestic business. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 1818
San Francisco directory/accessed 12/2/2016: http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/hgtel.htm
Households and phone service: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/DP04
Telephone directory publishing/accessed 12/2/2016:
Phone numbers/p. 12, t. 1/accessed 12/2/2016:
Manufacturing/Annual Survey of Manufacturers/NAICS 334210: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2014/31VS101//prodsvc~334210
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau