Corporate Finance & Governance

Independence Day by the numbers

AmericaHappy birthday, America! While you're waiting for the fireworks to start, grab another hot dog and chew on these Fourth of July stats, courtesy of the Census Bureau:

  • 2.5 million: The nation's estimated population in July 1776.
  • 304 million: Our population today.
  • More than 1 in 4: Odds that the hot dogs and pork sausages you're eating today originated in Iowa.
  • 1 billion: Pounds of watermelon grown in Georgia, more than in any other state.
  • 31: Number of places in the United States with “liberty” in their name. The most populous is Liberty, Mo. (29,581).
  • $349.2 million: Yearly value of flags, banners and other patriotic emblems produced by American manufacturers.
  • $4.7 million: Value of 2007 U.S. imports of American flags. Nearly $4.3 million of this amount was for U.S. flags made in China.
  • More than 74 million: Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. According to the National Retail Federation 61.2 percent of consumers will attend a cookout or do a little grilling of their own on the Fourth. Meanwhile 40.2 percent will attend a fireworks celebration, 10.5 percent will go to a parade and 11.2 percent will travel or take a vacation.

However you're spending the holiday, here's hoping it's full of fun.


Bill Sheridan