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The United States Bureau of the Census estimates that the United States began 1980 with a population of 221,895,548- a net increase of about 2 million during 1979. The bureau also reported that the 1979 population gain was slightly higher than the 1.8 million net increase of 1978. The record annual gain was a population increase of 3.1 million during the 1956 "baby boom".

Which of the following conclusions about the number of people in the United States can be validly drawn from the statement above?

A) The number of people was higher in 1978 than it was in 1979.

B) The number of people was at an all time high in 1956.

C) The number of people added to the population of the United States was greater in 1979 than it was in either 1956 or 1978.

D) The number of people remained the same from 1977 to 1980.

E) The number of people added to the population in 1956 was greater than the number added in any single year in the 1970's

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Only E is true since 1956 was the record year increase.
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E is the only one supported by the arg
# of inc in 56 was > than that of any other yr
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New post 14 Sep 2004, 12:22
Yes, I will choose E too.

In E we add people to the already existing population. E tells us also that in 1956 more people were added, which is true, because the passage is mentioning that in 1956 it was the record.

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