I covered this Pop Clock briefly in a previous Jug's Journal article entitled, “HOW MUCH IS A BILLION?” but I am still fascinated with the subject of population explosion.

The U.S. Census Bureau's Pop Clock, at http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/clock2.html, is very interesting to contemplate. It shows a running total of both the U.S. and world populations as they continually change on an ever-increasing upward journey.

When I checked this on January 19, 2003 at 6:27 p.m. EST, the U.S. population totaled 292,409,000. The world population totaled 6,343,190,740. But, both will be larger by the time I complete this story and add it to this Web page.

Currently the U.S. net gain is approximately 6 per minute, or 8,640 per day.

At the same time, the world's net gain is 192 per minute or 276,480 per day. As the populations increase so will the numbers of births and deaths and the daily net gain will obviously increase to a higher figure as well.

Perhaps if you live in the teeming population of a big city and are accustomed to the push and shove of the masses, particularly in Asia, these figures probably will not surprise you. But, if you live somewhere out in the wide-open spaces of the Western U.S. or Australia, you may have trouble reconciling this fact of life in the 21st Century.

This is a calculated guess on my part but, at the current rate of growth, the U.S. population should hit the 300,000,000 mark early in 2007. Are you ready?

Check out Pop Clock.