300 million

Here’s a fascinating data point: Around October this year, America’s population will hit 300 million:

As of yesterday, the Census Bureau officially pegged the resident population of the United States at closing in on 297,900,000. The bureau estimates that with a baby being born every 8 seconds, someone dying every 12 seconds and the nation gaining an immigrant every 31 seconds on average, the population is growing by one person every 14 seconds.

At that rate, the total is expected to top 300 million late this year. But with those projections adjusted monthly and the number of births typically peaking during the summer, the benchmark is likely to be reached about nine months from now.

The United States’ population passed 200 million in 1967, and ranks third in world population behind China and India. While many industrialized nations have seen their populations reach stable levels, the US is still gaining

The Census Bureau projects that the population will top 400 million less than 40 years from now.


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graphic courtesy of NYT

Pretty neat!

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