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    Population Is, Was

    Suppose today is March 8 2013. On March 1, 2013, the population of some place called "Funtown" was conclusively determined to be 10,000. Suppose the population on March 8, 2013 is not precisely known, but I still want to talk about the population today (March 8). Then today (March 8), I should say:

    "As of March 1, 2013, the population of Funtown is/was 10,000."

    Should the present or past tense be used?

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    Re: Population Is, Was

    If the last census list that you have is from March 1, 20103, use "is". If you have a census list issued today, and all you are doing is remind people of the outdated one (issued March 1, 2013), use "was".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Population Is, Was

    In this context, with as of March 1, I would use the present and not the past.

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    #4

    Re: Population Is, Was

    I wouldn't use "As of".

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    Re: Population Is, Was

    There's nothing wrong with "On March 1st, 2013, the population of the town was 10,000." I don't understand the overuse of "As of".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Population Is, Was

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