Lovable Nerds at Census Bureau Come Up with March Madness “Population Bracketology”

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The U.S. Census Bureau – continuing its quest to be known as America’s merry band of lovable nerds – is getting in on March Madness with a bracket game designed to test your population knowledge. The game pairs states or the 64 largest metropolitan areas and challenges players to select the area with the larger population. (Who knew Georgia had more people than Michigan!)

There are five preliminary rounds leading up to the final match to select the most populous of the states or metro areas. Players receive a point for each correct guess of the 63 pairings. And unlike NCAA rules, when you’re done, you can click a button and the computer will shuffle the players and deliver a new round of match-ups.


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