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US Population Growth Rate Lowest This Year Since Great Depression

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 01:04 PM

A slowdown in both births and immigration combined with a slight rise in deaths resulted in the lowest growth rate in the U.S. population this year since the Great Depression, according to Census Bureau data released this week, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The population rose just 0.7 percent from last year to 323.1 million July 1, which was the smallest increase on record since 1936-1937.

Other data from the survey includes:

  • The state of New York shrank for the first time in a decade, losing some 1,900 people to fall to a population of 19.7 million.
  • Pennsylvania and Illinois also declined significantly in population, with the later losing almost 38,000 people, more than any other state. It is the third year in a row that Illinois has shrunk in population.
  • This was part of a trend, as about 593,000 people left the Northeast and Midwest to move to the South and West this year, slightly more than the previous year.
  • An estimated 999,000 immigrants arrived this year, some 4 percent lower than the previous year.
  • Utah is the fastest growing state this year at 2 percent, adding some 61,000 people to boost its population to 3.1 million.
  • Among the larger states, Florida had the highest percentage growth at 1.8 percent, adding more than 367,000 people to reach a population of more than 20.6 million.
  • The state with the largest numeric growth was Texas, which added almost 433,000 people to boost its population to 27.8 million. The growth in Texas, which was mainly due to a steady flow of immigrants and people relocating from other states, accounted for some 19 percent of the overall population increase in the country.

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A slowdown in both births and immigration combined with a slight rise in deaths resulted in the lowest growth rate in the U.S. population this year since the Great Depression, according to Census Bureau data released this week, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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