Published January 1, 2016
WASHINGTON – With the new year celebration, it is time to think about the possibilities for a better future. Even with progress in Indian Country on many fronts, there are still many challenges that confront us. It is not good enough to seemly wish for a better new year. Each of us has to do our part to help bring about better futures for our families and communities.
New Year’s Day represents hope that this new year – 2016 – will be better than 2015 for all of us.
We at the Native News Online hope you make the best of the challenges and opportunties life affords.
As we look forward, here are some statistics to ponder:
On Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau projected the United States population will be 322,762,018 on January 1, 2016. This represents an increase of 2,472,745, or 0.77 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 14,016,480, or 4.54 percent.
In 2016, the United States is expected to experience one birth every eight seconds and one death every ten seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 29 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration increases the U.S. population by one person every 17 seconds.
The projected world population on January 1 is 7,295,889,256, an increase of 77,918,825, or 1.08 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. During January 2016, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second.
Happy New Year!