300 Millionth American Almost Born In Chattanooga
WDEF-TV News 12
Oct 17, 2006 5:42 PM EDT
The Tennessee Valley misses the chance to welcome the 300-millionth American by minutes this morning. The Census Bureau's population clock rolled over to the big number at 7:46 am.
14 minutes later, little Isabella Ray Lynn Dixon arrived at Erlanger East. Her mother, Miriam, says the new addition arrived a little fussy, but she doubts it's because they didn't beat the clock. "If I had my way it would have been much later when we got here this morning, so no, I wasn't thinking about it at all," Miriam says.
She and her husband Rodney already have hopes for their daughter, who will grow up in a new generation. She hopes Isabella will be religious, have a happy marriage, and have grandchildren. If that occurs when Isabella's 37, she'll give birth to a child in the 400-millionth group.
Oct 18, 2006 07:49 AM
Born into history - Heartland family adds to U.S. population now over 300,000,000
By: Holly Brantley
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Early Tuesday morning, The U.S. Census Bureau tallied the 300 millionth American to the population clock. The Heartland boasts several new babies who became some of the newest members of the record population.
While every little baby is a miracle, Kendyl Breeann McAlister is one in 300 million. This little baby from Jackson was one of the very first to be born as the United States reached the milestone population.
Mendy and Bryan McAlister, along with their three year old son Connor, welcomed the newest member of their family at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
"I had heard that the 300 millionth American was supposed to be born in October," said Mendy. "It's very exciting and a memory I will always have, always."
While the McAlisters know times are changing, they agree the values they were raised with remain the same. "We should instill in our children the best we can," said Bryan.
Now, the family just can't wait to get Kendyl home. "I'm excited to put her in the dresses I bought her," said Mendy. "She can be whatever she wants to be, as long as she's happy."
Kendyl was born at 8:42 a.m. Mendy McAlister is a music teacher, and Bryan McAlister is a minister.
Oct 18, 2006
U.S. Population Reaches 300 Million
According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. population topped the 300 million mark Tuesday morning.
While it's virtually impossible to pinpoint exactly who is the 300-millionth American, the New York City Health and Hospital Center in Queens says Elmhurst Hospital delivered the milestone birth.
A boy was born there at precisely 7:46 a.m., the time the Census Bureau estimated the landmark birth would be reached.
There are likely other babies also born at the exact time in other hospitals across the nation, and across the city.
According to New York Presbyterian Hospital, doctors there also delivered a girl this morning at 7:46.
It's almost impossible to estimate the exact population of the country at any given time, particularly in light of illegal immigration.
Many believe the 300-million mark was reached months ago. The Census Bureau formula for estimating the population includes estimating a birth every seven seconds, a death every 13 seconds and a new immigrant every 31 seconds.
The 200-millionth American was born in 1967, and the 400-million mark is expected to be reached in 2043.
Oct 17, 2006 08:40 AM America's population tops 300,000,000 Tuesday morning
By: Holly Brantley
At approximately 6:46 a.m. Tuesday, America reached a milestone. Someone unknowingly moved into history as the 300 millionth American. As the population grows, people move from coastal areas towards less crowded regions, like the Heartland.
In 1915, the United States population hit 100 million. By 1967, the number grew to 200 million. And just 39 years later, the nation approaches 300 million.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population grows by one American every 11 seconds. The number is really just an educated guess. The number is reached using a formula that crunches births and new immigrants against deaths. So, whoever actually becomes the 300 Millionth American will probably never know.
Today's views on population growth differ, but reaching 200 Million 39 years ago seemed to be a magic number.
While the U.S. Census Bureau never named anyone as the 200 millionth American, LIFE Magazine picked Bobby Woo. Woo was born in an Atlanta hospital at the exact moment the census clock clicked over to 200 million.
"The average American doesn't really exist," said Woo. "But what you ended up with in the process was the random American."
Woo may be random, but he's hardly average. He went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Today's he's a partner in an Atlanta firm.
So, who will be the 300 Millionth American? It could come by birth, oath, or simply by crossing the border.
"That's because we don't count every single birth in the United States, we don't count each person crossing the border in either direction, so you're guess is as good as mine," said Linda Jacobsen, of the Population Reference Bureau.