Census – US Population Growth Slowest Ever

Ken Zino of AutoInformed.com on US Population Growth Slowest Ever

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The population of the United States grew in the past year by 392,665, or 0.1%, the lowest rate since the nation’s founding, according to the Census Bureau. This means that the U.S. population grew at a slower rate in 2021 than in any other year since the founding of the nation, based on historical decennial censuses and annual population estimates. The slow rate of growth can be attributed to decreased net international migration, decreased fertility, and increased mortality due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since April 1, 2020 (Census Day), the nation’s population increased from 331,449,281 to 331,893,745, a gain of 444,464, or a mere 0.13%. Between 2020 and 2021, 33 states saw population increases and 17 states and the District of Columbia lost population, 11 of which had losses of more than 10,000 people. This is an historically large number of states to lose population in one year.

Given our urgent need to be internationally competitive and the staunch Republican opposition to helping poor families and young children in favor of tax cuts for the super wealthy, the news comes at a particularly bad time for the Party of Nope , aka Republicans or the grand old white NOPe. When will they put country over ideological allegiance to what is now the party of insurrection and treason?

A growth crisis is the last thing the ailing economy needs in the face of recovering demand and the ongoing job creation of the Biden Administration that has seen ~5% GDP growth in one year. Simply put overall our economy is on track to improve more in Biden’s first 12 months than any president during the past 50 years. The American Rescue Plan, which invested $66 billion into 36 million households and reduced the child poverty rate by 50%, is a great legislative accomplishment. However, we need to keep moving forward by preparing for the future.

“Population growth has been slowing for years because of lower birth rates and decreasing net international migration, all while mortality rates are rising due to the aging of the nation’s population,” said Kristie Wilder, a demographer in the Population Division at the Census Bureau. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this combination has resulted in an historically slow pace of population growth.”

Between July 1, 2020, and July 1, 2021, the nation’s growth was due to natural increase (148,043), which is the number of excess births over deaths, and net international migration (244,622). This is the first time that net international migration (the difference between the number of people moving into the country and out of the country) has exceeded natural increase for a given year. The voting-age resident population, adults aged 18 and over, grew to 258.3 million, comprising 77.8% of the population in 2021.

The South, population of 127,225,329, was the largest of the four regions (encompassing 38.3% of the total national population) was the only region that had positive net domestic migration of 657,682 (the movement of people from one area to another within the United States) between 2020 and 2021.

The Northeast region, the least populous of the four regions with a population of 57,159,838 in 2021, experienced a population decrease of -365,795 residents due to natural decrease (-31,052) and negative net domestic migration (-389,638).

The West saw a gain in population (35,868) despite losing residents via negative net domestic migration (-144,941). Growth in the West was due to natural increase (143,082) and positive net international migration (38,347).

Also released today were national- and state-level estimates of the components of population change, which include tables on births, deaths and migration.

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