Record expected for U.S. population
By Mary Lou Pickel
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 30, 2008
The nations population is projected to reach 305,529,237 on New Years Day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Thats nearly a one percent increase from last New Years.
In January 2009, one birth is expected to occur every eight seconds and one death every 12 seconds.
Immigration is expected to add one person every 36 seconds in January.
Overall, between birth, death and people entering and leaving the country, the U.S. population is expected to increase by one person every 14 seconds in January, according to the census.
At that rate, it will probably take another 33 years before the country adds another 100 million people.
The U.S. is expected to reach the 400 million mark somewhere between 2038 and 2039, according to the latest Census Bureau population projections.
EDITORS NOTE: The US Census population projections are available online at: http://www.census.gov/population/www/projections/index.html