(WASHINGTON) -- As the clock strikes midnight this Saturday night, the total number of Americans living in the U.S. will jump to 312,780,968, the Census Bureau projected Thursday.
The rise in population would mark a 0.7 percent increase from New Year’s Day 2011.
Come January, the agency expects the U.S. birth rate to exceed the death rate by four seconds, with one baby being born every eight seconds and someone dying every 12.
When factoring in net international migration in 2012 -- one person added every 46 seconds -- along with deaths and births, the Census Bureau predicts the country's population will grow by one person every 17 seconds.
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