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U.S. Population Statistics

U.S. Population Statistics

The population statistics of the U.S. reveal a defiant trend in comparison to similar economies. The observation adds appeal to this Home of Plenty and an increase in the number of migrants.
OpinionFront Staff
The United States of America is not only celebrated worldwide as the most urbanized nation, but is also known as a Super Power. The appeal of its scenic beauty, culture, and the widening economy have lured aplenty from different parts of the world, at different times, to settle down in this Land of Gold. The amount of opportunity this nation offered to people from the developing and underdeveloped countries post World War II, has resulted in a great influx of race, culture and traditions in the US.

Total Population
The population of United States of America as per the census bureau is 312,913,872. The statistics reveal that nearly 80.6% of the total population resides in the cities and their suburbs. The generated shift in the mean population center has been observed more towards the west and the south of the United States. The climatic conditions and geographical location in proximity to other developed nations have resulted in the increase in population in the United States. Its population has been quite contrary to the trend observed in other developed nations. This defiant trend that is well-accommodated complements the uniqueness and extravagance called the United States of America.

The statistics reveal one birth in every 8 seconds and a death in every 11 seconds! The current U.S. population is added to with the entry of one international migrant every 30 seconds! And the figures are increasing by less than a minute. The immigrant law and the increase in the number of work permits issued by the authorities have resulted in this 1:30 seconds ratio. The following table shows the population trend of the past five years.

Year Population
2012 313.92 million
2011 311.59 million
2010 309.33 million
2009 306.77 million
2008 304.09 million

Most Populous State
It is interesting to note that the population of the United States more than tripled during the last century, with the growth rate documented at about 1.3% a year. The total U.S. population crossed the 100 million mark by 1915 and the 200 million mark by 1967. The 300 million mark was documented in 2006. The Super Power has a fertility rate higher than that of replacement, much in contrast to Russia, Italy and Germany. In these countries, including Greece, fertility rates are observed below replacement level. As per the current statistics, California, with a population of 37,253,956 stands as the most populous state. The table below gives the top five most populated states.

State Population
California 37.69 million
Texas 25.67 million
New York 19.47 million
Florida 19.06 million
Illinois 12.87 million

Most Densely Populated State
New Jersey is the most densely populated state, according to the United States Census Bureau. There are 1,189 inhabitants per square mile. It is also the second wealthiest state. The first being, New Hampshire, due to its low unemployment rate. Rhode Island, with 1,006 inhabitants per square mile, is the second most densely populated state in the U.S.

State Density (per km2)
New Jersey 459
Rhode Island 388
Massachusetts 324.4
Connecticut 285.4
Maryland 230.2

State with Highest Sex Ratio
The sex ratio of US stands at 1.047 males per female. Alaska, with a ratio of 1.085 males per female, ranks as the state with the highest male-female sex ratio. On the contrary, Rhode Island has the least sex ratio of 0.93 male per female.

State Sex Ratio
Alaska 1.085
Wyoming 1.041
North Dakota 1.021
Nevada 1.020
Utah 1.009

State with Highest Immigrants
The population growth in the U.S. is considered as the highest among all the developed nations. The number of births are well-supplemented by the immigrants who have migrated to the U.S. and the number helps to create a balance with the aging population in the country. At present, U.S. leads in total number of immigrants, who account for 42,813,000. Among its states, California, with 9.9 million immigrants, is the most populous state with immigrants in the U.S. Almost 27% of the population of California comprises immigrants. The second highest is New York at 22%.

State Immigrants
California 9.9 million
New York 4.2 million
Texas 3.9 million
Florida 3.4 million
Illinois 1.8 million

*The data and figures have been compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau as of 28 June 2012.

There are a number of dedicated resources that make the figures available for viewing and they also generate a list of the population density, state-wise. These online and offline resources also enable access to dedicated population-based maps and reports on the complete current statistics. There is a dedicated "DOT" map that is generated and published by the United States Census Bureau. This display indicates population distribution at a resolution of 7,500 people. The committed effort of the United States Census Bureau also makes available a compilation of lists that offer information of the U.S. population density by place. There are resources that work in coordination with the government records and the statistics according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census.