Dear U.S. Census Bureau,
First off, LOVE the Census Bureau in a way that only a former librarian can! You guys rock!
Secondly, I had a question about your population clocks. When I dialed up your website yesterday to see what the world's population was, I was floored. We're really up to 6.86 billion? When did the population explosion happen? My brain's still stuck in the 4 billions. Who's having all the kids?
I did wonder if that clock only ever goes up. Do you ever dial it down when disaster strikes? Like, did you take off a couple hundred thousand to account for the victims of the Haiti earthquake? Will you account for all the Baby Boomers when they die off--will that affect the U.S. population? How about that Chinese one-child population? Or the negative population growth in Europe? Are the other parts of the world making up for this and keeping that clock rolling onward?
Let me know--I'm really curious about this.
Thanks for your time.