Slowest annual population growth in US history

Andrew Trunsky

The US population grew 0.1% in the year ended July 1, the slowest rate in US history, according to the US Census Bureau.

Office estimates that the population grew by 392,665 people in the 12 months before July 1. This attributes the record low to “decreased international net migration, declining fertility and increased mortality in part due to the COVID pandemic.” -19″.

Of the 392,665 people, only 148,043 came from natural increase (based on births and net deaths in a year), while 244,622 came from international migration. This is the first time migration has exceeded natural increase, the agency said.

The office added that 33 states saw their populations increase while 17 states and Washington, DC, fell.

“This is a large number of states that have lost their population in a single year in history,” the bureau said.

Of the states that saw growth, Texas had the largest overall increase and Idaho grew at 2.9%, the fastest. Among the states that have fallen, New Yorkis the largest, while DC drops 2.9%, the fastest rate.

While US population growth slowed even before the pandemic hit, Kristie Wilder, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s Population Division, said that COVID-19 rate restriction more.

“Population growth has slowed for many years due to lower birth rates and falling net international migration, while mortality rates are rising as the nation’s population ages,” said Wilder. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this combination has resulted in a historically slow growth rate.”

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