Bloomberg by the Numbers: 317,297,938

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The crowd outside the Capitol during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013

That’s the Census Bureau’s projection of the U.S. population as of New Year’s Day 2014.

“This represents an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7 percent, from New Year’s Day 2013,” the Census Bureau said in a release yesterday. “In January 2014, one birth is expected to occur every 8 seconds in the United States and one death every 12 seconds.”

The 2010 census, the most recent official headcount, showed a population of 308,745,538 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Census Bureau yesterday also released its annual estimate of the state populations as of July 1, as Bloomberg News reported here.

Among the bureau’s findings: Florida is within 100,000 people of overtaking New York as the third-most populous state; North Carolina is about to become the ninth-most populous state by passing Michigan, which was passed last year by Georgia for eighth place; and North Dakota, where an oil boom has produced to the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, had the biggest percentage-rate population increase in the 12 months ended July 1.

There are more than 7.1 billion people in the world, led by China and India. India added about 15.6 million people in the past year to lead all countries, according to the Census Bureau’s release.

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