Census Bureau Estimates US Population Now Over 308-Million
December 29, 2009
(ChattahBox) – The U.S. Census Bureau today forecast the nation’s population will grow about 1 percent to 308.4 million people by New Year’s Day, up 2.6 million people from one year ago. Just three months from the official 2010 Census Day, the bureau estimates that the population will probably grow by one person every 14 seconds in the U.S., next month, based on the combined births, deaths and migration rate. With one American birth occurring every eight seconds, and one death occurring every 12 seconds. And the rate to migration into the country will add a new person on average every 37 seconds during 2010, down from one every 36 seconds last year. Census data is used to distribute seats in Congress and allocate more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments, the bureau said in a statement. The U.S. population is expected to approach 600 million by the end of the century.