The United States Census Bureau announced Tuesday that America’s population increased at a slower rate in 2021 than any previous year “since the founding of the nation.”
Citing “historical decennial censuses and annual population estimates,” the bureau reported that “population grew only 0.1%” in 2021:
The year 2021 is the first time since 1937 that the U.S. population grew by fewer than one million people, featuring the lowest numeric growth since at least 1900, when the Census Bureau began annual population estimates.
Apart from the last few years, when population growth slowed to historically low levels, the slowest rate of growth in the 20th century was from 1918-1919 amid the influenza pandemic and World War I.
“Slower population growth has been a trend in the United States for several years, the result of decreasing fertility and net international migration, combined with increasing mortality due to an aging population,” the report explained: