U.S. population, 300 million: from Wikimedia
U.S. population, 300 million: from Wikimedia
As I entered college in the fall of 1967, the population of the United States reached 200 million. Now, 40 years later, it will hit 300 million (about Oct. 15).
Our population is effected by deaths, births, and migration. Here are the current rates for each:

  • One birth every.................................. 7 seconds
  • One death every.................................. 13 seconds
  • One international migrant (net) every............ 31 seconds
  • Net gain of one person every..................... 11 seconds

The U.S. Bureau of the Census has a website projecting the current resident population of the United States (click link for today's number). At 300 million, the United States is the world's third most populous nation, though it remains far behind the growing economic superpowers of China (1.31 billion) and India (1.09 billion).

Minority children become a majority

Now, according to the Population Reference Bureau, almost half of all children under age 5 are members of a racial or ethnic minority.

Other changes since 1970

  • The suburbs share of the population grew from 38 percent to 50 percent (share of population living in central cities stagnated at around 30 percent).
  • The population in the South and West grew from 38 percent to 48 percent of the nations total.
  • Persons living alone rose from 18 percent to 26 percent. Households with five or more people almost halved, from 20 percent to 11 percent.
  • Women in the workforce grew from 43 percent to 59 percent.
  • Persons over 24 with high school diplomas soared from 55 percent to 85 percent.

Source: Population Reference Bureau, and RedOrbit

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

James Satter's picture

Although numbers alone don't tell the whole story, here's some additional perspective on the growing population in the United States.

1730: The British colonies in North America are home to 655,000 people.

1790: The first U.S. census counts just under 4 million people.

1820: U.S. population climbs to approximately 10 million.

1880: … 50 million.

1920: … 100 million.

1950: … 150 million.

1970: … 200 million.

1990: … 250 million.

posted on Mon, 10/09/2006 - 7:55am
John Parrish's picture
John Parrish says:

can you tell me the make-up of population in the Colonies in 1730? what portion of the white population was born in the Colonies and what portion born outside the colonies?
Also, the same for 1790?

posted on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 12:57pm
find love match's picture
find love match says:

Very interesting. Thanks!

posted on Mon, 10/16/2006 - 6:41am

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