Saturday, January 14, 2006

300 Million Americans

Some interesting demographic data:

NEW YORK (AFP) - Sometime this month, somewhere in the United States, a couple -- most likely Hispanic, with Spanish as their mother tongue -- will conceive the 300 millionth American.


With a baby being born every eight seconds, someone dying every 12 seconds and the nation gaining an immigrant every 31 seconds, the population clock ticks over one numeral roughly every 14 seconds.


The US population passed the 200 million mark in 1967 and is currently growing at an annual rate of one percent -- the equivalent of the 2.8 million residents of Chicago.

Third on the list of most populous countries, behind China and India, the United States continues to expand largely because of immigration and high fertility rates.

"The 300 millionth will be a Mexican Latino in Los Angeles County with parents who speak Spanish at home and with siblings who are bilingual," William Frey, a demographer with the University of Michigan, told the Times.


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