By Kanishka Singh
December 21 (Reuters) – The population of the United States grew at a slower rate in 2021 than in any other year on record, as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the more moderate growth the country has seen in these recent years, said the US Census Bureau.
“The low growth rate can be attributed to a decrease in net international migration, a decline in fertility and an increase in mortality due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Census Bureau said on Tuesday https : //bit.ly/3yLpTti.
The year 2021 is the first time since 1937 that the U.S. population has grown by less than one million people, reflecting the weakest numerical growth since at least 1900, when the Census Bureau began annual population estimates.
The population of the United States has grown in the past year by 392,665, or 0.1%, according to U.S. Census Bureau Vintage 2021 population estimates released Tuesday https://bit.ly/3yVtzcg.
Slowing population growth has been a trend in the United States for several years, the result of declining fertility and net international migration, combined with an increase in mortality due to the aging of the population.
Between 2020 and 2021, the populations of 33 U.S. states increased. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia lost population. Eleven of those 18 areas that lost population lost 10,000 or more, according to figures released Tuesday.
“Outside of the last few years, when population growth slowed to historically low levels, the slowest growth rate of the 20th century was from 1918-1919 in the midst of the influenza pandemic and World War I,” Luke Rogers, Census Bureau Chief of Population. branch of estimates, said.
Since April 1, 2020 (census day), the country’s population has grown from 331,449,281 to 331,893,745, a gain of 0.13%, according to the figures.
The official death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the United States https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/us-covid-19-deaths-approach-800000-delta-ravaged-2021- 2021-12-12 was by far the highest in the world with more than 800,000 deaths nationwide from the disease, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Report by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, edited by Matthew Lewis)
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