Another year of tepid U.S. population growth

The population of the United States grew by 0.73 percent in 2014—an addition of about 2.3 million people, according to estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released this week.

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the bureau estimates the United States will be home to 320,090,857 people. Across the nation, one birth occurs every eight seconds, and one death every 12 seconds, on average.

Those figures don’t mean the country is enjoying a population boom: Half of the growth was due to immigration rather than childbirth. And while the United States currently experiences more births than deaths, the estimated total fertility rate—the number of children a woman will have in her lifetime, on average—remains at just 1.9 births per woman. That is slightly below the replacement level of 2.1 births per woman, a rate last seen in 2007, before the recession.

h/t Suzanne

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Bad economies severely limit the ability of responsible parents to have children and that has been a recurring theme since the 1970’s.
    The irresponsible will reproduce at higher rates and simply hand the government the bill.

    • Pete_Brewster

      Birth rates plunged in the 1930s as well. The post-war baby boom was called that by way of contrast.

  • The_Infidel_01

    Low birth rate wouldn’t have anything at all to do with the fact that 40% of all pregnancies ended in abortion would it now? which is about 1.21 million unborn babies murdered in cold blood. some people have a lot of innocent blood on their hands.