The Census Bureau estimates that the United States will have nearly 313 million people by the beginning of next year, according to a population projection released Thursday.
The agency said in a statement that the population will reach 312,780,968 on Jan. 1, 2012.
It would represent an increase of around 2.2 million, or 0.7 percent, from the last New Year’s Day. It would also be an increase of 1.3 percent since Census Day on April 1, 2010, the statement said.
In January, one birth is expected to take place every eight seconds in the United States and one death will occur every 12 seconds, the census said.
Net international migration into the United States will add one person every 46 seconds in January, the agency added.
With births, deaths, and international migration all taken into account, one person will join the U.S. population every 17 seconds, the census said.