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  • Ryan Wittler

U.S. Population Growth Has Reached a Record Low

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New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the country’s population growth has essentially flatlined, hitting the lowest rate on record.

Some highlights:

According to the new estimates, over the 12-month period from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, the U.S. population grew by just 392,665, hitting a rate of just 0.1%, the lowest since the Bureau began tracking estimates in 1900. Last year was also the first time since 1937 that the population grew by fewer than 1 million people.

At the state level, the new estimates show population growth declined from the previous year in 31 states and Washington D.C., with 18 states seeing actual population losses. New York experienced the largest population decline, decreasing by 319,020 over the last year.

While all 50 states and Washington D.C. saw positive net international migration in 2021, 25 states also experienced natural population decreases, where deaths outnumber births.

Heading to Texas:

According to the Bureau, Texas saw the largest population gain in the nation (310,288), primarily driven by gains due to net domestic migration (170,307) and natural increase (113,845). Apparently everyone really did move to Texas during the pandemic.

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