Profile America: Census Bureau Projects U.S. Population on New Year’s Day

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On this New Year’s Eve, some 322 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds are ready to greet the year 2016. A hundred years ago, the U.S. population was just over 100 million. Fifty years ago, it was around 194 million. The 2010 Census counted just under 309 million people.


Happy New Year 2016 - Census BureauOn January 1, 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the United States population will be 322,762,018. This represents an increase of 2,472,745, or 0.77 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the U.S. population has grown by 14,016,480, or 4.54 percent.


To show how the nation is growing, New Year’s Day will be the birthday of about 10,800 newborns, the first of whom will be reported in the media. These new arrivals will be joined by others — the 1,950 or so international migrants adding to our net population every day.


In 2016, the United States is expected to experience one birth every eight seconds and one death every ten seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 29 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration increases the U.S. population by one person every 17 seconds.


The projected world population on Jan. 1 is 7,295,889,256, an increase of 77,918,825, or 1.08 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. During January 2016, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second.


The Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock simulates real-time growth of the U.S. and world populations.


SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau


The Bronx Chronicle wishes our readers and the men and women of the U.S. Census Bureau a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year. 

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