Transcript for This day in history: Oct. 17, 2006
This is a young nation 230 years old and as of this morning 300 million people strong. The population clock at the Census Bureau clicked over to 300 million. At 7:46 this morning so is this an occasion for celebration. Or for concern. When America reached a hundred million and then 200 million it was hats and horns and congratulations this time. Well this time there are questions about where to we put everyone. ABC's Dan Harris is joining us tonight Dan. Charlie good evening this is one of two hospitals in New York City both claiming to have delivered the 300 million American today. Dueling news conferences today as to severed hospitals in New York City showed up babies delivered at 7:46 this morning. At the exact same minute in Atlanta. He shank Christopher Boyd who's on leave from military service in the Middle East. Also welcomes baby Tai yet. Tennis shoes a three has a Meehan baby born in America. And then she has a place in history. He. Impossible to say exactly food that 300 millionth American is. But we can't measure how much the country has changed since 1967. When life magazine proclaimed baby Bobby woo to be that 200 million American. We are 17% less white 11% more Hispanic and 4% more Asian. We are paying around a 140000 dollars more for a new home and that's adjusted for inflation. And we have nearly eighteen million more people over the age of 65. Weeks. Can the country sustained baby Qaeda and all the other newcomers. She will help ensure that we have a young vibrant workforce as countries like Japan and Italy are aging. But she arrives at a time when we are consuming more food energy and other natural resources that. Ever we are already having problems meeting. The needs for resources like clean water. Our highways are already clogged with cars. Optimists however predict that scientists will come up would breakthroughs. Then allow the expanding population to live cleaner more efficient lives we're much more educated country were much more scientifically based country than we've been. Ever before when it comes to addressing our future problems Christopher and quiche avoid suggests another solution. Good parenting. I'm more hopeful I think as long as we do this parents to bring them up and showed him right from wrong. That there will be here to make a great choices in life. Beckon here 1790. When the first census was conducted there were fewer than four million people in this country in just 37 years there will be. 400 million. What is the country going to look like at that point well it will be much more diverse Charlie. Only about 50% white.
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