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US has life of pi as population hits math milestone

Published on Aug 15, 2012 7:03 AM
 
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 (2.29am on Wednesday, Singapore time). -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Figuring out the number of American residents got as easy as pi on Tuesday as the United States (US) 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 (2.29am on Wednesday, Singapore time).

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 Chief Demographer Howard Hogan said in a statement.

 
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