U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 17

Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:01am EST

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WASHINGTON,  Feb. 17, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily
"Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17: THOMAS MALTHUS

Profile America  -  Sunday, February 17th.  This month - and some sources cite
this date - is the anniversary of the 1766 birth of Thomas Malthus in Dorking,
England.  Given that birthplace, he perhaps naturally became an economist,
demographer and statistician.  He's remembered for "the principle of
population," a 1798 essay foretelling widespread famine caused by population
growth far outstripping the food supply.  While the forecast remains unrealized,
his theory of demand-supply mismatches was a precursor to later theories about
the Great Depression.  When Malthus wrote his essay, the world population was a
little under 1 billion.  Currently, the global population is about 7.1 billion
people.   Profile America  is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S.
Census Bureau.

Sources:  U.S. Census Bureau, Global Population Growth  
U.S. Census Bureau, Population Clock  

Profile America  is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the
U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments,
ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at  http://www.census.gov 
(look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).   

SOURCE  U.S. Census Bureau


Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812, fax: +1-301-763-3762,
richard.thomas.reed-at-census.gov

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