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The United States is now 300 million strong.

The country’s population crossed the imaginary line early Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Christian Science Monitor, which has been leading the way with its coverage of the population growth milestone, had this to say:

Nobody knows exactly who became America’s 300 millionth citizen. But demographers are summing up the milestone as a turning point that signals several trends to watch as the US – in contrast with Europe and Japan – deals with a steadily growing population.

Politically and demographically, experts say, the shifts will begin to have an impact on regions of the country not yet used to the new diversity provided by the influx of Hispanics and Asians, which has already transformed California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and New York.

This is a fascinating subject, if only for the great reporting it has spurred about the implications of population growth – a familiar theme in San Diego – at a national level. The Monitor’s story is here.

ROB DAVIS

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