March 12, 2007

Number of U.S. Daily Newspapers, 5-Year Increments

Morning Evening Total Daily Sunday
1940 380 1498 1878 525
1945 330 1419 1749 485
1950 322 1450 1772 549
1955 316 1454 1760 541
1960 312 1459 1763 563
1965 320 1444 1751 562
1970 334 1429 1748 586
1975 339 1436 1756 639
1980 387 1388 1745 736
1985 482 1220 1676 798
1990 559 1084 1611 863
1995 656 891 1533 888
2000 766 727 1480 917
2005 817 645 1452 914

While the total number of newspapers has declined most of that was due to the death of evening papers. Until recently, the number of Sunday editions was rising, and the number of morning papers continues to do so.