Birth rate,Demography of the United States,Demography,Population

U.S. population posts one of slowest growth rates since '30s

December 21, 2016
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(Photo: Douglas Pulsipher, Salt Lake CVB) SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is the fastest-growing state in the country, leading a cluster of Western states with populations on the upswing despite sluggish national growth, according to new numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday. The state that’s long had the country’s highest birth rate grew just over 2 percent from July 2015 to July 2016, followed closely by Nevada, Idaho and Florida. Washington, Oregon and Colorado also took top percentage-growth spots. The U.S. population, meanwhile, posted one of its lowest growth rates since the late 1930s, shortly after the Great Depression, said Brookings Institution demographer William Frey. That’s largely because baby-boomer generation population declines haven’t been fully replaced by new births or immigration. Several Western states are bucking that trend as people are attracted by recovering economies and affordable housing, he said....

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