WASHINGTON, June 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Saturday, June 13th. This date 64 years ago was a Wednesday, and it can be assumed that computer technicians and engineers at the Census Bureau were a bit nervous about the day to come. On June 14, 1951, the first commercial computer, the 13-ton UNIVAC I, began its 12 years and 73,000 hours of number crunching for the bureau. The successful startup was used to process data from the 1950 Census of Population, and launched today's digital revolution. Now, almost 84 percent of America's approximately 117 million households have computers, and about 64 percent have hand-held computing devices. Whether desktop or hand-held, over 74 percent of U.S. households use the Internet. Computer manufacturing in the U.S. grosses nearly $10 billion per year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Census computer: www.census.gov/history/www/innovations/technology/univac_i.html
UNIVAC service and dimensions: http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=973
Household computers and Internet:
Computer manufacturing value of shipments/NAICS 334111: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2013_31GS101&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of 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 "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau