The U.S. population for July 2002 was estimated by the Census Bureau to be 288,368,698, a 2.47% increase over the July 2000 estimate of 281,421,906. The U.S. population more than tripled during the 20th century, a growth rate of about 1.3% a year, having been about 76 million in 1900.
The following is a list of the ten most populous cities in the country, with their estimates for 2002 and 2000. The trend column indicates whether the city is growing (+) or shrinking (-), based on the two estimates.
|Rank||Trend||City|| July 2002 |
| July 2000 |
|1.||+||New York City, New York||8,084,316||8,008,278|
|2.||+||Los Angeles, California||3,798,981||3,694,820|
|7.||+||San Diego, California||1,259,532||1,223,400|
|10.||+||San Jose, California||900,443||894,943|
The most densely populated state is New Jersey (372/sq.km).
Age structure: (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 migrants/1,000 population (2000 est.)
Sex ratios: (2000 est.)
Life expectancy: (2000 est.)
Religious beliefs: (2001 American Religious Identification Survey)
Of the religious groups, an average of 54% reported being member of a church, temple, synagogue or mosque, with widely varying percentages, from 83% for evengelical to 19% for those of no religion.
Literacy: (age 15 and over can read and write, 1979 est.)