300 million

Elise Franco


Credit: John Proppe

In 1915, the U.S. population hit 100 million.

In 1967, it climbed to the 200 million mark.

At 7:46 a.m. today, 39 years and 100 million people later, the country is expected to reach its next population milestone.

As the world’s third most populous country – following China and India, both with more than 1 billion people – the United States has grown and changed, not only in population, but also in other important areas.

Whether the 300 millionth person is an immigrant or a newborn baby, one thing is certain: Kent State and the United States are more different in 2006 than they were in 1967.

If 300 million people attended Kent State:

• More than 3,690 packed general psychology classes could be held in the Carol A. Cartwright Hall auditorium.

• The Flashes could play to a sold out crowd in Dix Stadium 9,829.6 times.

• Assuming the average wait at Rosie’s Diner was 15 minutes, it would take 8,561 years, 7 months and 6 days to serve everyone.

• It would take 16,667 half-barrel kegs to serve everyone one beer.

• If they were all undergraduate Ohio residents paying for fall and spring semester, it would raise more than $2.5 quadrillion for the university, which is enough to pay both Carol Cartwright and President Lester Lefton’s base salaries 4,079,032.3 times.