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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

U.S. population tops 314,395,013; more black men incarcerated than once enslaved

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the U.S. population reached 314,395,013 yesterday, which was the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia.

On Sept. 17, 1987, the Census Bureau estimated the U.S. population was 243,636,172 at noon that day, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. The first U.S. census in 1790 counted 3,929,214 residents.

One alarming statistic facing America is 6% of population are African American males who unfortunately make up over 40% of the U.S. prison population. According to The Root, "More Black Men in Prison Today Than Enslaved in 1850." (Photo by Kurk Johnson)

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