In the lead-up to the Fourth of July, an email release landed in our inbox from the U.S. Census Bureau pointing out some interesting facts related to the holiday.
A few stood out for us. First, the 13 colonies contained only about 2.5 million residents on July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was adopted. That’s roughly the population of the entire state of Kansas today. Now, 316 million people call the United States home.
Also worth noting: There are 12 counties nationwide named for John Adams and 26 for Thomas Jefferson, two of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. But George Washington, who did not sign the Declaration, has them both beat. There are 30 places in the United States named Washington County.
The Census Bureau also points out that in 2012 the U.S. paid roughly $3.6 million for American flags made in China.
Our founding fathers had no inkling what the country they founded would be like 237 years later, and we also can hardly begin to contemplate what the United States will be like 237 years hence, in 2250, as America celebrates its 474th anniversary.