It was 236 years ago on July 4 that the 13 original colonies began their journey into nationhood. On this Independence Day, here’s a look at how far we’ve come – By the Numbers.
2.5 million: In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
313.9 million: America’s estimated population today.
$3.6 million: In 2011, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority, $3.3 million, went for U.S. flags made in China.
$663,071: Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2011. Mexico was the leading customer.
$232.3 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2011, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported, at $223.4 million.
$15.8 million: Value of U.S. exports of fireworks in 2011, with Australia purchasing the majority.
31: American places with “liberty” in their names. The most populous one as of 2010 was Liberty, Mo
35: Places have “eagle” in their names. The most populous one is Eagle Pass, Texas, with a population of 26,248.
11: Places have “independence” in their names. The most populous one is Independence, Mo., with a population of 116,830.
9: Have “freedom” in their names. The most populous is New Freedom, Pa., with a population of 4,464.
5: Places with “America” in their names. The most populous is American Fork, Utah, with a population of 26,263.
138th: Ranking of the frequency of the surname “Washington” among all last names tabulated in the 2000 Census.
$107.1 billion: Dollar value of trade in 2011 between the United States and its former colonial master, the United Kingdom. Britain is now our 6th leading trade partner.
Almost 1 in 3: The chance that a pork hot dog or sausage consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa.
7.2 billion pounds: Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2011.
Approximately 50 percent: Of all potatoes harvested in the U.S. in 2011 came from Washington or Idaho.
160 million: People who are planning to participate in Fourth of July festivities.
115 million: People will attend a fireworks or community celebration.
35 million: Will attend a parade.
30 million: People will drive out-of-town for the holiday.
62.9 percent: Of Americans said the price of gas will not affect their decision to drive this holiday, up from 53.5 percent who said in 2011 that the price would not affect their decision.
48 million: Consumers will purchase “patriotic merchandise” this year.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau and National Retail Federation.