October 17, 2006

For Those Who Missed It: U.S. POPClock Surpasses 300,000,000

The United States joins China and India as the only nations with populations exceeding 300,000,000.







Other fun facts:



* In 1915, immigrant citizens came mostly from Germany; in 1967 from Italy; and in 2006 mostly from Mexico

* The average US family had 4.5 people in 1915, 3.3 in 1967 and 2.6 in 2006

* Some 45.9% of Americans were property owners in 1915. That grew to 63.6% in 1967 and reached 68.9% in 2006

* There were 4.5 million people aged 65 and older in 1915, or 4.5%; 19.1 million in 1967 (9.5%) and 36.8 million in 2006 (12.4%)

* Life expectancy was 54.5 years in 1915, 70.5 years in 1967 and 77.8 years in 2006

* About 23% of women were in the work force in 1915, compared to 41% in 1967 and 58% in 2006

* There were 2.5 million cars in 1915, 98.9 million in 1967 and 237.2 million in 2006

* John and Mary topped the list of most popular names in 1915; Michael and Lisa were favourites in 1967; and Jacob and Emily were preferred in 2006.

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