What now-average state was the leader in population at the first US Census in 1790? It didn't help that nearly half of the state seceded in an 1861 convention.

Answer Virginia

Virginia wasn't overtaken by New York in population until the Census of 1810, but in 1790 it had 747,610 people, 292,000 of which were slaves. At that time, Virginia had just less than 20% of the country's entire population.

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