July 9, 2011

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 10

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America -- Sunday, July 10th. On these blistering hot summer days when we walk from the heat into a cool office, business, or home, we can thank a man many of us never have heard of -- Willis Carrier. Known as the "father of air conditioning," Carrier patented what he called an "apparatus for treating air" in 1906. His idea has fundamentally changed the way most Americans live, work and play. A good example is the surging population growth in some of the nation's warmest climates, such as Phoenix, Arizona. Air conditioning came into widespread use following World War II. Even by 1960 only 12 percent of homes in the U.S. were equipped. Today, almost nine-out-of-10 new homes are constructed with central air conditioning. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: Chase's Calendar Events 2011, p. 351

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 966

U.S. Census Bureau, Tracking the American Dream - Fifty Years of Housing Changes

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau