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The Number of the Day: 40%

During its 62 years of operation, the immigration station at Ellis Island welcomed in excess of 12 million immigrants to the United States. As a result, an estimated 40% of U.S. citizens have at least one ancestor who passed through its gates.

Related Fact: Located just a short boat trip from Ellis Island stands the Statue of Liberty – whose (now green-colored) copper exterior measures just 3/32 of an inch in thickness.

[Sources: History and StatueofLiberty.org. See previous Numbers of the Day here.]

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March 16th, 2011

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