Texas gained more residents than any other state between July 2020 and July 2021, according to recent data from the US Census Bureau.
With a population of 29,527,941 in July 2021, the Lone Star State recorded the largest annual and cumulative numerical gain, increasing to 310,288 (1.1%) and 382,436 (1.3%), respectively.
The report says the state’s population growth over the past year was primarily driven by gains in net in-migration and natural increases.
Texas was also one of only three states with a population of over 20 million in 2021. California ranked # 1 with 39,237,836 residents, Texas ranked second, and Florida placed third.
Data shows the country’s population grew by 392,665, or 0.1 percent, the lowest rate since its founding. 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 pandemic.
“Population growth has been slowing for years due to falling birth rates and declining net international migration, while death rates are rising due to the country’s aging population,” said Kristie Wilder , demographer in the Population Division of the Census Bureau. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this combination has resulted in a historically slow pace of growth. “
The resident voting age population (adults over 18) grew to 258.3 million, or 77.8% of the population in 2021.
With a population of 127,225,329, the South was the most populous of the four regions, encompassing 38.3% of the total national population.
The Northeast region, the least populated of the four regions, with a population of 57,159,838 in 2021, experienced a population decrease of -365,795 due to natural decline (-31,052) and a negative domestic migration balance (-389,638), according to the report. .