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US Population Growth at its lowest in the first year of the pandemic.

According to Tuesday’s figures, U.S. population growth dropped to its lowest point since the nation’s foundation in the first year after the outbreak. The coronavirus led to an increase in immigration, delayed pregnancies, and the deaths of a number of thousands of Americans.

According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, the United States experienced a 0.1 percent growth in population between July 2020 between July 2021 and July 2020.

The U.S. has been experiencing slow growth in population for a number of decades, but the outbreak of the flu has accelerated the trend. This year was the first time since 1937 that the country’s population increased by less than 1 million people.

“I was expecting low growth but nothing as low,” said William Frey who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s metropolitan policy program, Brookings Metro. “It shows that this epidemic is having a major impact on us in all sorts of ways, including demographics.”

Once we have a handle on the epidemic and the U.S. may eventually see an improvement in deaths, however, population growth won’t be able to return to the levels it was in years past because of fewer births. Frey stated that this will increase the demand for immigrants from young workers whose tax dollars could be used to fund programs such as Social Security.

“We have an ageing population which means fewer women in child-bearing ages,” Frey said. “We find younger women put off having children, and they’ll have fewer children.”

The estimates of population are calculated by calculating births and deaths as well as migrations within the U.S. There was an increase of 245,000 people due to international migration but only around 148,000 of new births outnumbering deaths.

Kenneth Johnson, University of New Hampshire Demographer The decline in natural population growth as “stunning”, stating that it was the lowest variation in deaths across births in more than 80 years.

Johnson stated that although most of this is COVID but not all was. “U.S. natural growth was already at a low point prior to COVID, with the fertility rate hitting a new low every year and deaths steadily increasing due to the aging of the population.”

Between 2020 and 2021, 33 states saw population growth mostly due to domestic migration as 17 other states and the District of Columbia lost their population.

States in the Mountain West saw the biggest year-over-year growth of 3%, with Idaho increasing by nearly 3 percent and Utah and Montana each seeing population increases of 1.7 percent. The District of Columbia lost 2.9 percent of its population while New York and Illinois lost 1.6% and 0.9% of their populations, respectively.

While the pandemic provided some people the possibility of working remotely the data released last month by the Census Bureau shows there was no significant movement within the U.S. because of it.

A few did take advantage of the opportunity, however. Over the heat, hurricane threats and traffic in Houston tech worker Heidi Krueger moved to a small town south of Knoxville, Tennessee, in September. From her front porch, she can see the Great Smoky Mountains.

“Because I was working from home during the outbreak it was feasible to move and still keep my same job,” Krueger said. “As as long as I have internet, I can remain connected to our clients.”

Content Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/965316?src=rss

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