U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 12

WASHINGTON, DC – August 12, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12: BIGGEST MOTORCYCLE GATHERING

Profile America — Friday, August 12th.  The small town of Sturgis, South Dakota is hosting the world’s largest gathering of motorcycles this week — the 71st Sturgis Rally.  Normally home to about 6,600, the town sees its population swell to some 350,000 during the rally.  The idea began with just 19 riders taking part in racing and stunt events 71 years ago.  Those attending are seeing races, trade shows, and thousands of bikes on display.  Mostly, they will share their love of the sense of freedom their motorcycles give them, and take in the scenery of the Black Hills.  There are 7.7 million motorcycles registered in the U.S., with California home to about every 10th bike in the country.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011, p. 405

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1097

www.sturgisrally.net

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

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