By Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief, USDR.
The US is continuing a rapid and massive growth in population as we enter into a new year. In fact, as our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau projected “the United States population will be 320,090,857 on Jan. 1, 2015. This represents an increase of 2,334,187, or 0.73 percent, from New Year’s Day 2014, and 11,345,319, or 3.67 percent, since Census Day (April 1) 2010.” This is a significant increase, considering we only broke the 300 million mark in 2006.
According to the Bureau, “in January 2015, the U.S. is expected to experience a birth every eight seconds and one death every 12 seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 33 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration increases the U.S. population by one person every 16 seconds.
“The projected world population on Jan. 1, is 7,214,958,996, an increase of 77,381,246, or 1.08 percent, from New Year’s Day 2014. During January 2015, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second.”
That sounds a little scary and from all the science fiction movies we saw and books we read in school (one of my favorite was Soylent Green; which, in case you didn’t know “IS PEOPLE”) and from the philosophers we read in college (such as Thomas Robert Malthus who argued that large populations lead inevitably to starvation and deprivation), our concerns seem most valid.
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