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Times Square's New Year's Crystal Ball

As the ball droped on Times Square at midnight today, an additional 2.6 million U.S. residents will bring in the New Year up from a year ago.

Three months before the start of the decennary count of the country's population, the Census Bureau estimates that on January 1, 2010, the total U.S. population will total 308,400,408. That's an increase of 2,606,181, or 0.9 percent, from when 2009 began.

During January, one American will be born every eight seconds, while another person will die every 12 seconds, according to Census estimates. Every 37 seconds, someone from another country will immigrate to the United States.

Census questionnaires are scheduled to be mailed to all American households in March. April 1 marks the official day the completed forms should be returned.

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Elizabeth Dilts

is currently pursuing a masters at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Dilts came to New York City from Shanghai, China, where she worked as an editor with the English-language City Weekend magazine. Prior to that, Dilts spent a year in Nanjing, China, with a bilingual, Mandarin-English magazine and a stint in Tianjin, China, with a business publication. Looking to use her Mandarin back in the United States, Dilts is covering Flushing, Queens, one of New York’s four Chinatowns. A native of Gary, Indiana., Dilts received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. While in China, she reported on Internet usage among young adults and the education issues faced by multi-ethnic children raised in China.