According to Wikipedia, the phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute” first appeared in print in 1885.

- Assume that the number of
*suckers*born per minute is proportional to the number of*people*born per minute. - Assume that the number of people born per minute is proporational to the total
*population*. - According to Wolfram | Alpha, the population of the USA in 1885 was 56.6 million people.
- According to Wolfram | Alpha, the estimated population of the USA in 2017 is 332 million people.
- Therefore, the number of suckers born per minute in 2017 must be $332 / 56.6$, which Wolfram | Alpha gives as 5.86.