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Current demographics of the United States

see also: demographics history of the United States

Population: 281,421,906 (July 2000 est.)

Largest cities (all population numbers here are for metropolitan areas, rather than for the city proper), with in parentheses the world rank (see also Largest cities of the world, and United States metropolitan area).

  1. (3) New York City, New York 24,600,000 incl. Newark and Paterson, both in New Jersey
  2. (9) Los Angeles, California, 16,800,000 incl. Riverside and Anaheim
  3. (24) Chicago, Illinois 9,400,000
  4. (28) Washington DC, 7,850,000 incl. Baltimore, Maryland
  5. (33) San Francisco, California, 7,250,000 incl. Oakland and San Jose
  6. (40) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6,300,000
  7. (44) Boston, Massachusetts, 5,900,000
  8. (45) Detroit, Michigan, 5,850,000 incl. Windsor, Ontario (Canada)
  9. (48) Dallas, Texas, 5,500,000 incl. Fort Worth

Age structure: 0-14 years: 21.25% (male 29,956,875; female 28,597,880) 15-64 years: 66.11% (male 90,345,154; female 91,827,471) 65 years and over: 12.64% (male 14,472,865; female 20,362,428) (2000 est.)

Population growth rate: 0.91% (2000 est.)

Birth rate: 14.2 births/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Death rate: 8.7 deaths/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Net migration rate: 3.5 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/female total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 6.82 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.)

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 77.12 years male: 74.24 years female: 79.9 years (2000 est.)

Total fertility rate: 2.06 children born/woman (2000 est.)

Nationality: noun: American(s) adjective: American

Ethnic groups: white 75.1%, black 12.3%, Asian 3.6%, Amerindian 0.9%, Two or more races 2.4%, other 5.5% (2000) Hispanic or Latino 12.5%; a separate listing for Hispanic is not included because the United States Census Bureau considers Hispanic to mean a person of Latin American descent (especially of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin) living in the US who may be of any race or ethnic group (white, black, Asian, etc.)

Religions: Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Atheist 10%, Jewish 2%, Muslim 2%, other 2%(1989)

Languages: English, Spanish (spoken by a sizable minority) -- see also Languages in the United States

Literacy: (age 15 and over can read and write)

total population: 97% male: 97% female: 97% (1979 est.)

See also : United States



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