U.S. population growth slows to just 0.71%
Just under 2.3 million added in the 12 months ending July 1, 2013, Census figures show.
An aging Baby Boomer population and slower immigration combined for nearly stagnant U.S. population growth in 2013 as the total number of residents inched up even more slowly than the previous year.
Figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that growth for the 12 months ending July 1 was 0.71%, or just under 2.3 million people. That’s the slowest since 1937, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who called this year’s growth “underwhelming.”
In 2011-2012, the U.S. population grew at a slightly higher 0.75% rate.
The Census Bureau projects the nation’s population on New Year’s Day will be 317,297,938, an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7%, from New Year’s Day 2013.
Frey was expecting three states to show a burst of growth as the USA economy slowly improves, but Florida, Arizona and Nevada each averaged only about 1.2% to 1.3% growth.
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