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US Population Passes 100M Times pi

Aug 14, 2012
American pi

The U.S. population Tuesday passed the nerdy milestone of 100 million times pi, or 314,159,265 residents, the Census Bureau reported.

"Shortly after 2:29 p.m. EDT today, the U.S. population clock will reach a milestone that is very meaningful to mathematical statisticians: It will show there are 314,159,265 residents, or pi (3.14159265) times 100 million," the bureau said in a release.

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

"This is a once in many generations event ... so go out and celebrate this American pi," Census Bureau Chief Demographer Howard Hogan said.



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