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When the first census was taken in the U.S. in 1790, 95% of Americans lived on farms or in villages with a population of less than 2,500.

Estimated U.S. population on July 4, 2010 was 309.6 million. (US Census Bureau, 2010)

31.7 million people in the U.S. live alone, thats about 27% of all households. (US Census Bureau, 2010)

  • In 1700 approximately 20% of the world's inhabitants lived in Europe (including Russia).
  • In 1913, 33% of the world's population lived in Europe and North America.
  • In 2003 the combined populations of Europe, Canada and the U.S. accounted for only 17% of world population.
  • By the year 2050 this figure is expected to be just 12%.
  • In 2010 for the first time in history a majority of the world's population will be living in cities.
  • In 1950 that figure was about 30%, and by 2050 more than 70% of the world's population will be living in cities.
  • Today, the proportion of people aged 60 or older in China and South Korea is 12-15%.  It is 15-22% in Europe, Canada & the United States, and 30% in Japan.
  • In 2050 about 30% of the populations in the U.S.,Canada, China and Europe will be over 60 years of age. In Japan and South Korea the figure will be 40%.
    (The New Population Bomb, J.A. Goldstone: Foreign Affairs, Vol 89 No.1)



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