WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau estimated Friday that 244.4 million people now live in the United States, nearly 18 million more than when the last census was taken in 1980.
The population is expected to grow by another 2.2 million people in 1988, well below the one-year record of 3.1 million set during the baby-boom year of 1956, the bureau said.
An estimated 3.8 million people were born in 3.8 million in the United States during 1987 while 2.1 million people died.
In addition, nearly 600,000 more people immigrated during the year than left the country.
Births are projected to be slightly higher in 1988 and reach their highest level since the mid 1960s, while deaths are expected to be about the same as in 1987.