The U.S. population grew by only 0.1% between April 2020 and April 2021, the slowest rate of increase in the country’s history, which the Census Bureau attributes in large part to the effects of the pandemic.
According to data released Tuesday by the Census, the population grew from 331.4 million to 331.8 million during that period, increasing by 444,464, or only 0.13%.
This slow growth can be attributed, according to the census, to the decrease in migration, the drop in fertility and the increase in mortality in the country, due in large part to the pandemic.
In this regard, demographer Kristie Wilder, of the Census population division, points out that the pandemic has caused the “combination” of the aforementioned factors to lead to these historical data.
Between July 2020 and July 2021, population growth was due to “natural increase,” which is what the difference between the number of births and deaths is called, and stood at 148,043 people.
In that period, the migratory differential was 244,622 (the difference between the number of people entering the country and the number leaving).
According to the Census, this is the first time in history that the migration differential exceeds natural growth.
Between 2020 and 2021, the population increased in 33 states and decreased in 17.
In 11 of the states where the population fell, the losses were above 10,000 people, another historic figure according to the census report.