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US population hits pi

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  August 14, 2012 03:05 PM

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The US population clock hit a mathematically significant milestone on Tuesday - pi.

The US Census Bureau estimated that the clock struck 314,159,265 residents just after 2:29 p.m. That figure is pi (3.14159265) times 100 million.

Pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

The US Census Bureau's top demographer celebrated with a pun.

“This is a once in many generations event...so go out and celebrate this American pi,” Howard Hogan said in a written statement.

Check the US population clock here.

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