Friday, October 13, 2006
Today's Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. population will reach 300 million at 7:46 am on Tuesday, October 17, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (The Census Bureau has an on-line clock -- see the upper-right-hand corner here -- that records the population on the basis of the belief that one person is added every 11 seconds, as a result of there being "one person born every seven seconds, one die[ing] every 13 seconds and one immigrat[ing] every 31 seconds." The article, available here, is filled with fascinating facts about recent and future U.S. population growth and its effects. For example, our nation's population reached 200 million in 1967 and will reach 400 million in 2043. One half of the 300 million people in the country live within 50 miles of the coasts. The average American drives 79 percent more today than in 1982, even though the miles of roadway have only increased by 3 percent since that date. What do you think the result has been? The average American today commutes 100 miles during the work year. And there's more.