Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The land of the free and the home of 300 million

By Michael J.W. Stickings

There are now about 300 million people in the United States. Yes, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population of the United States will reach (or reached, depending on when you're reading this) 300 million at 7:46 am ET today, the timestamp on this post.

And with a net gain of one person every 11 seconds, the population is rapidly increasing: "America claimed 100 million people in 1915 but didn't reach 200 million until 1967. The 400 millionth person is likely to arrive in 2043, according to the Census Bureau."

For more, see the BBC, ABC News (which looks at the demographics), and MSNBC (which looks at the environmental impacts). The U.S. Census Bureau site, which includes U.S. and world population clocks, is here.

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