U.S. population: 315 million and slowing
America's population is growing at a slower pace than was previously projected, the Census Bureau says.
December 28th, 2012
09:26 AM ET

U.S. population: 315 million and slowing

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - 315,091,138.

That's what the Census Bureau projects will be the population of the United States on New Year's Day. The number of people increased by 2,272,462 or 0.73% since the last time a population snapshot was taken - April 1, 2010.

In January, America can expect one birth every eight seconds and one death every 12 seconds.

America's population is growing at a slower pace than was previously projected, the Census Bureau said. One reason is lower birth rates starting in 2008, when the economy soured. Lower immigration numbers have also affected the population.

The U.S. population is now projected to be around 399.8 million by 2050, far short of the 439 million that was projected four years ago.

"When we add up the numbers, 24.4 million fewer migrants plus 17.8 million fewer births minus 4.6 million fewer deaths plus 1.6 million difference in the estimates of the population for the population in 2011, we arrive at the total difference of 39.2 million," the Census Bureau said.

That's a whole lotta numbers. But we get the picture. We won't be catching up with China anytime soon.

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  1. American Patriot

    Mexicans are taking over and you say the growth rate is slowing? Really? These illegals having 4+ kids and taking EVERYTHING given to them, while our stupid Liberal Government and idiots pander to them. I'm sickened by this f'd up Country that I was born in.

    December 29, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Please leave then. It will raise the average IQ considerably.

      December 29, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. American Patriot

    Yeah I call BS on this. Have you noticed the Mexican invasion? How many of these Mexicans are having 4+ kids on average, and are ILLEGAL, at that? How quickly they are TAKING OVER? This article must have been written by a Latino.

    December 29, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stepnfetchit

    Where I live, America looks like a sewer that has exploded.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AfrosSuck

    Good. Most Americans are trash anyway!

    December 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. outawork

    I guess someone finally figured out the government handouts aren't going to last forever.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zach Ewan

    Perhaps abortion should factor in there somewhere? You figure the murder of 16 million American children would have more of an impact than presented in these statistics.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Two Eight

    U.S. population slowing......now THIS is good news.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |