You may find the answer to be not quite straightforward.
Perhaps, we may never have an exact figure.
However, numerous censuses are carried out to keep updating this figure regularly.
How Many Americans Are There in 2024?
A recent Worldometer survey used data from the United Nations to arrive at a figure on 25 June 2022.
The figure that Worldometer published was 334,834,650.
This might look like a mobile phone number but it’s not! The short form interpretation of this number is 334.8 million people which amounts to a huge number of Americans!
In the middle of 2020, United Nations data revealed a figure of 331,002,651 (just over 331 million) Americans in the United States.
It reflects a significant rise in population between 2020 and 2022.
With regards to population density, the population spread in the United States is 36 people per sq km or 94 people per sq mile.
This amounts to a surprisingly high figure when we think of countries like India, Bangladesh, and China to be the highest populated countries in the world.
The high number in population in the United States also emanates from the vast area of this country.
The United States amounts to an area of 9,147,420 sq km (3,531,837 sq miles).
Unlike many highly populated countries where the majority of the population lives in villages, the United States is the opposite.
In this country, 82.8% of the population lives in cities, which speaks of the high degree of urbanization in the United States.
The average age of Americans in the U.S. is 38.3 years, which reflects a fairly young population and workforce.
There was a faster increase in the adult population than those below 18 years between 2020 and 2022.
The breakup in 2020 of the 331 million Americans is as follows:
Over ¾ were adults (18 years or older) which amounted to 258.3 million adults. It reflected an increase of 10.1% from the 234.6 million Americans in 2010.
It is the population of aging baby boomers (Americans born between 1946 and 1964) that drove this increase in the population of adult Americans.
Another interesting fact of the 2020 census reflects a 79.7% share of the adult population in the Northeast, with the minority falling to those below the age of 18 – precisely 20.3% of the total number counted.
On the other hand, the South showed a low percentage of adults at 22.5% and a higher percentage of adults at 77.5%.
When we look at the overall figures of American adults and those below 18, in 2020, there were a total of 73.1 million below the age of 18 which was a significant 1.4% decrease from the number of 74.2 million in 2010.
The decrease in the younger population could be attributed to a drop in fertility rates since 2007.
Although there was growth in the adult population between 2010 and 2020, it was only 12.2% which comes from growth from 209.1 million in 2021 to 234.6 million in 2010.
Number of Households in the United States
Coming to another interesting statistic, there is the number of households in the United States.
This figure stood at approximately 128.45 million in 2020.
When we talk about a household, we mean a room, apartment, or house which comprises a separate residence.
The figure for the number of households in the United States has more than doubled since 1970 when the figure was roughly estimated to be 63 million.
The U.S. Census Bureau states that the size of the average household today stands at 2.53 people per dwelling.
The Population of Homeless People in America
So much for the number of households in the United States. But what about the homeless? Living in America doesn’t necessarily mean all is well.
Having a roof over their heads is something that all Americans cannot claim to have.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Uban development stated that in 2020, the number of homeless people stood at 580,466.
This agency in its annual report put the number of homeless people on any given night at 0.17% of the population of the United States.
The number represented here is the first increase in a decade, since 2010. The most-affected cities are New York City and Los Angeles.
As unemployment continues to rise especially in the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of homeless people in the United States is expected to increase significantly.
How Many Americans Are There in The World?
Estimates put the number of Americans (excluding those in the military) as 8.7 million in 2016. These people live in over 160 countries across the world.
The figure was put forward by the AARO delegates during Overseas American Week in 2016.
The figure of 8.7 million would need the states of Tucson, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles to accommodate so many people!
This number is a rough estimate, but considering the increase projected in the population of the United States, it could easily have reached 10 million Americans spread across the globe six years later in 2022.
According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the United States, the breakup of Americans living in various countries is as follows:
The above data published by the GAO pertains to U.S. citizens living abroad as of 21 April 2015.
Although these figures give us a fair idea about the overseas American population, you can well imagine that the numbers must have increased considerably in the last seven odd years, up to 2022.
It is always a matter of curiosity to know how many people there are in this huge country. But arriving at a figure is not always easy.
When you count the number of Americans in the United States, you may get a particular figure.
But what about the Americans who live in various parts of the world?
We covered a significant number of countries where Americans live, but it would be almost impossible to count them all.
So, while we factor in non-resident Americans, we can answer the question of how many Americans are there as 334,834,650.