US Population Growth Slows In 2013
Just in time for the New Year, the US Census Bureau released new population estimates on Monday. The figures show that growth has continued to slow, a trend that experts mainly attribute to the sluggish economy.
From June 2012 to July 2013, the US population grew 0.72%, the slowest growth rate since 1937 (when the country was in the throes of the Great Depression, it’s worth noting).
William Frey of the Brookings Institute told the Huffington Post that this decline was due to “recession-related issues.”
“Fewer people come into the country because there aren’t as many jobs, and people are postponing child-bearing,” he said. Frey added that people are also not moving for jobs due to the uncertainty; and that this population trend is expected to continue in the next decade, but mostly because the US population is aging due to the Baby Boomers.
Still, New Year’s Eve will see over two million more Americans than last year.
North Dakota saw the sharpest population increases, thanks to its booming natural gas industry which has attracted workers from all over.
And lovers of the Empire State can rejoice. New York was expected to fall behind Florida in population numbers this year. And though its growth numbers are much slower than Florida’s, New York maintained its spot as the nation’s third most populous state for another year. The first two are California and Texas.