US hits population milestone at 100m times pi

Thu, Aug 16, 2012, 01:00

Figuring out the number of American residents got as easy as pi on Tuesday as the United States touched a rare mathematical and demographic milestone.

The Census Bureau said that the United States reached 314,159,265 residents, or the mathematical ratio pi times 100 million, shortly after 2.29pm EDT.

Pi, or 3.14159265, is the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It often is approximated as 22/7.

“This is a once in many generations event . . . So go out and celebrate this American pi,” Census Bureau demographer Howard Hogan said.

The pi milestone is “very meaningful to mathematical statisticians”. – (Reuters)