Population growth rate falls in US for second straight year
NEW YORK (AFP) – The U.S. population has declined by 0.4 million since the start of 2017, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.
But that drop was still the biggest in more than 30 years, according to the bureau.
The drop is the smallest since 1950, when the U.N. population stood at 4.7 billion, and the largest since 1946, when 4.9 billion people lived in the United States.
In 2017, nearly three-quarters of the people in the U, the highest percentage in more a decade, lived in households with at least one child, the bureau said.
More: New Mexico’s population increased by 0,632,823 in 2017, from the previous year, it said.
That was the largest increase in more two decades, and it marked the second straight annual decline.
The Census Bureau did not provide an explanation for the decline.
Its report did not say how the census figures were determined, nor did it provide figures on the number of foreign-born residents in the country.
The population has been shrinking, particularly in recent decades, due to immigration and other factors.