Official Portrait of Barack Obama — Fotopedia
Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.

President-elect Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected to the office. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, which makes him the first person born outside the Continental United States to be elected President.

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Demographics of the United States

As of June 24, 2014, the United States has a total resident population of 318,269,000, making it the third-most populous country in the world. It is very urbanized, with 82% residing in cities and suburbs as of 2011 (the worldwide urban rate is 52%). California and Texas are the most populous states, as the mean center of U.S. population has consistently shifted westward and southward. New York City is the most populous city in the United States.

The total fertility rate in the United States estimated for 2013 is 1.87 children per woman, which is below the replacement fertility rate of approximately 2.1. Compared to other Western countries, in 2012, U.S. fertility rate was lower than that of France (2.01), Australia (1.93) and the United Kingdom (1.92). However, U.S. population growth is among the highest in industrialized countries, because the differences in fertility rates are less than the differences in immigration levels, which are higher in the U.S. The United States Census Bureau shows population increase of 0.75% for the twelve-month period ending in July 2012. Though high by industrialized country standards, this is below the world average annual rate of 1.1%.

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