U.S. Population Grows at Lowest Rate on Record amid Pandemic

U.S. Population Grows at Lowest Rate on Record amid Pandemic

The U.S. population grew during the coronavirus pandemic at the lowest rate since the nation’s founding, according to statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday.

“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,” Census Bureau demographer Kristie Wilder said in a press release. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this combination has resulted in an historically slow pace of growth.”

The country’s population grew by 0.1 percent, or 392,665 people, to about 331.8 million from July 2020 to July 2021.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, however, new immigration fell by about half from the previous year.

Over 800,000 Americans have died of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

Among U.S. states, 33 gained in population while 17 decreased in the number of residents. Texas and Florida saw the highest numerical population gains, while New York and California recorded the highest numerical declines.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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