US population posts slowest growth rate on record in first year of pandemic

U.S. population growth fell to its lowest rate since the nation’s founding in the first year of the pandemic, as the coronavirus reduced immigration, delayed pregnancies and killed hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents, according to figures released Tuesday.

The United States grew only 0.1%, with just 392,665 more people added to the U.S. population, from July 2020 to July 2021, according to population estimates released by the US Census Bureau.

The United States has experienced slow population growth for years, but the pandemic has exacerbated that trend. Last year was the first time since 1937 that the country’s population had grown by less than one million people.

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“Population growth has been slowing for years due to falling birth rates and declining international migration, while death rates are rising due to the country’s aging population,” said Kristie Wilder , Census Bureau demographer. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this combination has resulted in a historically slow rate of growth. “

The population estimates are derived from calculating the number of births, deaths, and migrations in the United States. For the first time, international migration has exceeded natural increases resulting from more births than deaths. There was a net increase of almost 245,000 residents due to international migration, but only about 148,000 due to natural increase.

Between 2020 and 2021, 33 states saw their populations increase and 17 states and the District of Columbia lost population.

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