Monday, September 18, 2006

Inquirer: "The Story… The Population Has Changed"

Philadelphia Inquirer documents shifting demographics.

Sometime in mid-October, the population of the United States will reach 300 million inhabitants, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections. Moreover, our growth rate is accelerating. After taking 139 years after independence to reach 100 million, we doubled that in 52 years, and required only 39 years since 1967 to reach the latest milestone.

And by the end of the 21st century, we're supposed to hit 600 million, doubling the number of people we now have from sea to shining sea.

"Three hundred million... doesn't have any significance in and of itself," says Louis Kincannon, director of the U.S. Census Bureau. "The story is how the population has changed."

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