U.S. population to top 315M on New Year’s Day

Newborn Noelle Joy Klinker, of Reading, Mass., was born at 12:12 p.m. at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, on Dec, 12, 2012, and joined a U.S. population that the U.S. Census Bureau says will top 315 million on Jan. 1.

The U.S. Population is projected to increase to 315,091,138 on Jan. 1, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Thursday.

That represents a one-year increase of 2,272,462, or 0.73%, and a jump of 6.34 million, or just over 2%, since the last census was taken in 2010.

The Census Bureau projects there will be one birth every eight seconds in the United States next month and one death every 12 seconds.

A poor economy and lack of jobs have slowed the nation’s population growth to under 1% a year largely because there are fewer immigrants and fewer babies born.

The Census Bureau earlier this month projected U.S. Population will hit 399.8 million by 2050, 39 million fewer than had been predicted just four years ago.

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