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The Census Declares...

The brains at the U.S. Census Bureau knead their numbers into information that's safe for the rest of us to consume. On today's menu: home ownership rates. The Tribune reports that over the past decade, home ownership has declined by 1.1 percent- the biggest 10-year decline since the 1930s. And we could've guessed that all of the decline came in second half of the decade- 4% in five years, which rivals the Great Depression's 4.2%. The Midwest has the highest rates of home ownership, the coasts the lowest. [Trib]