Census 2000 results draw more than 5 million hits

Census 2000 results draw more than 5 million hits

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

JAN. 5—Last week's announcement of the Census 2000 results garnered 5.2 million Web hits in one day without bringing down the Census Bureau's server.

The pages containing the nation's latest population totals went live late in the morning of Dec. 28 in coordination with bureau director Kenneth Prewitt's press conference, said Tom Berti, Internet branch chief in the bureau's Information Technology Directorate.

Most of the Dec. 28 traffic came between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., after the announcement. 'People were just gunning for that information,' Berti said. A 12-processor SGI server, one of about 20 Web servers at the bureau's Suitland, Md., complex, handled the traffic without crashing, he said.

About 6,300 viewers logged on to a live webcast of the Census 2000 press conference in the RealPlayer format of RealNetworks Inc. of Seattle, Berti said.

The Census Bureau's home page carries a link to the Resident Population and Apportionment Counts site at www.census.gov/main/www/cen2000.html. It links to tables of census results in Adobe Portable Document Format, Microsoft Excel and ASCII formats; PDF and GIF maps depicting results; and historical photos from 20th-century census counts.

A historical timeline shows that the number of page hits on Dec. 28 almost equaled the entire U.S. population in 1800.

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