Every time you go to the Population Clock, you’ll get the latest updates on the U.S. and world populations. When this site was first covered here, we checked it on 1 March 2004 at at 6:30 p.m. Colorado time. The numbers: 292,704,827 population for the U.S., and 6,351,630,428 for the world.
On 30 July 2012 at 6:50 p.m. Colorado time, the numbers were 314,059,296 for the U.S. and 7,029,668,587 for the world — up 21.35 million and 678.04 million!
When you check — and every time you refresh the page — those numbers will be higher. It’s sobering to watch. There are links on the page to get more information behind the numbers, too.
(Originally published 29 February 2004)