US population to hit 300 million

2006-10-17 07:25
Washington - A baby boy of Latino heritage, born in Los Angeles on Tuesday, might well be the 300 millionth American.

The 200 millionth, a Chinese-American lawyer in Atlanta, says he'll be very relieved.

The US population will top 300 million at about 07:46 EDT on Tuesday, according to the US Census Bureau, nearly 39 years after the 200 million mark was reached on November 20, 1967.

"The demographers will tell you I clearly didn't fit the statistics of what ... the 200 millionth should have been," said Robert Woo, who drew a media spotlight as No. 200 million when he was born.

Now a Harvard-educated attorney, Woo said he would be relieved to pass the torch to No. 300 million, but added that no one person could personify the US population.

"It's such a diverse country that it would be impossible to find a typical or average state, town or neighbourhood that would represent the country - trying to identify an individual would be just impossible," Woo said in a telephone interview.

Educated guess

It is possible to make an educated guess at who the 300 millionth American will be, said demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution.

"I predict it's going to be a Latino baby boy, born in Los Angeles to a Mexican immigrant mother," Frey said by telephone.

This prediction makes sense, Frey said, because about half of US population growth is due to Hispanics, the biggest gains in the Hispanic population are in Los Angeles, more boys are born than girls and the US population is growing more due to natural increase than through immigration.

"In theory, it could be anybody who crosses a border, who comes off a plane as a new immigrant or is born anywhere in the United States but if you have to put the odds on high probability, I would say my guess is pretty good," Frey said.

Alarm from environmentalists

The 300 million mark has prompted alarm from some environmentalists, who question whether the country's natural resources can support additional population.

The United States is the only major industrial nation whose population is substantially increasing. Only China and India have more people.

Frey said it was important to prepare for future growth.

"I think that it's much easier to project ahead the population of the United States and get scared about it than it is to project ahead what kinds of scientific and technological innovations will allow us to support that population growth," he said.

Rapid growth

US population only reached 100 million in 1915, when Woodrow Wilson was president and the cost of a new home was $3 200 - $64 158 in 2006 dollars, according to the Census.

Life expectancy at birth was 54.5 years, compared with 77.8 years now. Fewer than one in four women - 23% - worked outside the home, compared with 59% in 2006. The most popular baby names were John and Mary; they are now Jacob and Emily.

US population is expected to top 400 million in 2043.

NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.