STATISTICS: Comings & Goings

¶The huge population board in Washington's Department of Commerce lobby clicked away in its steady, scientifically programed pace, last week hit a U.S. population milestone: 175 million. Next outstanding marker: 200 million by 1967.

¶In its annual "mobility index," the Census Bureau reported last week that during the twelve months ending last March, recession or no, a normal one-fifth (19.8%) of the population (i.e., 33 million) had changed homes. Score for the more mobile Western states: 26.7%.

¶The "fertility rate" (births per 1,000 in the child-bearing age group between 15 and 44) receded 2.3% to 116.9 during 1958's first eight months and...

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