U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 27

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27: CAR INSURANCE

Profile AmericaWednesday, February 27th. Car insurance is both required and a major item in the budget of most households. The idea of insuring cars against accidents began this month in 1898 when the Traveler’s Insurance Company issued a policy to Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, New York. His policy cost $12.25 and gave him $5,000 in coverage. Martin was chiefly concerned about accidents between his automobileone of fewer than 4,000 in the entire country at the timeand horses, which numbered about 18 million. Now, cars and trucks outnumber horses 237 million to just over 9 million. The average car costs its owner $821 a year to insure. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at .

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 Internet at http://www.census.gov/ (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at +1-301-763-2812, fax at +1-301-457-3670, or e-mail at rreed(At)census.gov.

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CONTACT: Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812

Web Site: http://www.census.gov/