Taking the Census: Graphic Analysis

This illustration from a report of the Eighth Census of the United States (1860) looks somewhat like a modern circuit board wiring diagram.
          It illustrates the changing position of the states from greatest to smallest population for each census year 1790 through 1860.  On the left, the 17 states surveyed in the 1790 census are listed in descending order of population. Virginia had the greatest number of residents; Tennessee had the least.
          By 1860, New York was the most populous state and Virginia had dropped to fifth place.     
          The numbers in the circles represent the ratio of population increase or decrease. 

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