American population to reach 300 million in October
The population of America will reach 300 million by October this year, just 39 years after the country officially welcomed it's 200 millionth baby, Robert Ken Woo Jr.
The growth is through immigration and not childbirth and the Bush government seem happy that this keeps the average age low (35), unlike in Europe, Australia and Japan, where it is greying.
After the 1st World War the greatest influx of immigrants came from war torn Europe - Italy, Poland and Germany. Now they come from Asia and Latin America."The 300 millionth will be a Mexican Latino in Los Angeles County, with parents who speak Spanish at home and with siblings who are bilingual,"
said William Frey, a demographer with the University of Michigan. (more
There is thought to be 10 million illegal immigrants in the US, although this number appears conservative. Hundreds of Mexican's pour over the 800 miles of Mexican / US border daily in search of the 'American Dream.'
The US Census Bureau estimates that in the second half of this century whites of European origin will be in the minority.