Online Learning Update

January 31, 2021

What the 2020 census will reveal about America: Stagnating growth, an aging population, and youthful diversity

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

William H. Frey,  Brookings Institution

Recently released Census Bureau population estimates show that from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020, the nation grew by just 0.35%. This is the lowest annual growth rate since at least 1900. National population growth began to dip after 2000, especially after the Great Recession and, in recent years, due to new immigration restrictions. Yet the 2019-to-2020 rate is well below most growth rates over the past 102 years, and less than half the level observed as recently as 2000. Part of this sharp decline can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought more deaths and further immigration restrictions. Still, the entire 2010s decade was one of fewer births, more deaths, and uneven immigration.

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