Americans Are Having Fewer Children

Americans are having fewer children according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released in late December 2016 that revealed the growth rate of the United States population was the slowest it has been since the Great Depression.

“Nationally, the U.S. population grew only by 0.7% to 323.1 million,” wrote Jessica Durando for USA Today. “As baby boomers have continued to decline, they haven't been replaced by new births among younger generations or immigration increases.”

The population of eight states shrunk between July 1, 2105, and July 1, 2016, with Illinois seeing the greatest decline. The other states with a negative population change were Wyoming, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.

The trend is not true nationwide, however. The five states that saw the largest growth were Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Florida, and Washington.

“States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth,” said Ben Bolender, Chief of the Population Estimates Branch. “In 2016, 37.9 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South and 23.7 percent lived in the West.”


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