Happy 300 Million America!

David K. Israel

This is a huge week in American history, folks! Sometime either today, tomorrow, or early the next day, our population will hit 300 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. As I write this post now, their cool, up-to-the-minute, website tells me we're presently at 299,986,874 and counting.

The last time the country celebrated a round 100 million was when we reached 200,000,000 in 1967. At our present rate of growth, we're expected to hit 400 million in 2043, four decades away!

As the average life expectancy in this country is 75, and there are 76 years between 1967 and 2043, this might be the only round 100 million some of us see! It's kind of like seeing the return of Halley's Comet, no? Which, coincidentally, returns about once every 75 to 76 years.

I wonder if they have a way of determining exactly who baby number 300 million is?