World population news

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The Census Bureau Web site homepage has a population clock. As I write, it shows the U.S. population at 298,163,006 and the world population at 6,499,313,539. A demographer friend tells me that the world should reach the 6.5 billion mark at about 7:18 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 26. My friend estimates that it will take seven to nine years for the world population to hit 7 billion.