1776. July 4. The thirteen original colonies.
There are many numbers that Americans are familiar with when it comes to Independence Day. But what about the lesser known statistics? Take a look at these interesting facts and numbers about the Fourth.
- 2.5 million: The estimated number of people living in the new nation in July 1776
- 316.1 million: The nation's estimated population on this July 4th
- 190.7 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($197.3 million)
- 31: Towns with "liberty" in their names. Iowa has the most of any state with four.
- 35: Places with "eagle" in their names. The most populous is Eagle Pass, TX (26,248)
- More than 1 in 4: The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on July 4 originated in Iowa.
- Over 1 in 3: The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 36 percent of the nation's dry, edible beans in 2010.
- 2.5 Billion Pounds: The amount of watermelons grown in the United States
- 74 Million: The number of American who will barbeque on July 4th