Economic Crisis Slows U.S. Population Growth

Haya El Nasser, USA Today, February 20, 2012

The U.S. population is growing at the slowest rate since the Great Depression after two decades of robust increases.

For two consecutive years since 2009, the population has grown just 0.7% a year, down from annual increases around 1% in previous years and the lowest since the late 1930s. The U.S. gained 2.2 million people from 2010 to 2011—fewer than the 2.8 million added a decade earlier—reaching a total of 311.6 million.

“Almost anybody who observes these things over the years can say this is almost all recession-related,” says Carl Haub, demographer for the Population Reference Bureau.

The government says the recession ended in June 2009. Although the economy has improved, the downturn’s effect on birth and immigration lingers. The number of babies born from July 1, 2010, to July 2011 dropped 200,000 from the same period in 2008-09. The number of additional immigrants fell 150,000.


The U.S. fertility rate—which has been close to the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman in contrast to many developed nations that are well below that level—now is estimated to have fallen to 1.9, says demographer Joseph Chamie, former director of the United Nations Population Division and more recently research director at the Center for Migration Studies.


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  • Anan7

    I would say of all the events that are threatening the White people around the world, the low birth rate is probably number one. 

    Miscegenation would be number two with non-White immigration a close third.  The two are of course, intimately linked.

    I suppose the economic collapse brought on by Frank/Dodd/Greenspan is a mixed blessing!

    • anew

      It would be nice if the European fertility rate were closer to 2 children per woman, but non-white immigration, and the mindset that allows it, is far and away our greatest threat. Miscegenation may be a problem for this or that family, but at a group level, it is only a minor irritant, which obviously would never be a problem for any country that had a policy of racial homogeneity.

  • Detroit_WASP

    I doubt the poor economy causes the welfare moms to slow their birthing activity.  They are oblivious to planning ahead for anything. 

    • Viking_61

      That makes me wonder what the white birthrate is in America. I wonder if it is 1.3 like Italy or Germany.

      Naw… A bunch of my (White) friends are starting to have kids. I would bet the white birthrate is close to that 1.9. Maybe the Latrinos are the ones who stopped reproducing? *wishes*

      • William Cutting

        As far as I know and see, White American birthrate is well above the European average. It should be osscilating between 1,8 and 2,0. Among Amish and Mormoms, it should be much higher, 3 or 4 I bet.Americans may have less children nowadays (in the past 10-12 were considered normal) but they have not ceased reproducing themselves completely unlike their European cousins. 

    • JohnEngelman

      Whites of European ancestry have practiced agriculture for about seven thousand years. American Negroes are descended from the Bantu. The Bantu began agriculture three thousand years ago. Agriculture requires and breeds a tendency to plan ahead. 
      Nevertheless, Charles Murray has pointed out in his new book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010,” that social pathology has also increased among white blue collar workers. When life does not turn out as planed, people stop planning, and take every day as it comes, hoping without much hope, that things will get better. 

      • Detroit_WASP

        Really, the Bantu were practicing agriculture three thousand years ago?  I’m actually shocked by that.  I was under the impression farming in the southern half of Africa did not exist until whites brought it there.  Not an expert by any means but I know there are tribs in africa today that don’t build any sort of shelter.  They live out in the open like a pack of dogs….or pride of lions I guess I should say.   No need for shelter in that climate.  When it rains they just run under a tree.

        Anyway, I thought they were pretty much stone age people until whites showed up.  

        • JohnEngelman

          The Bantu expansion began in Southern Cameroon around 4000 years ago. Bantu languages are spoken there today and there is archaeological evidence for incoming Neolithic farmers in Northern Gabon ca. 3800 BP. It is known that Bantu expansion was extremely rapid and massive, but its exact engine remains controversial. This period predated iron, which appears in the archaeological record by 2500 BP. 
          The first Negro nation that built cities were the Nubians. These lived south of Egypt, and learned the arts of civilization from the Egyptians. On at least one occasion Egypt conquered Nubia. On one occasion Nubia conquered Egypt. That was the only time there was a Negro dynasty of pharaohs. It lasted for about a century. For the most part relations between the Egyptians and the Nubians were peaceful, and based on trade.
          Further south of Nubia is Ethiopia. The Ethiopians learned civilization from Nubia, and from Arabs across the Red Sea. Of all Negro peoples the Ethiopians look most Caucasian because they have some Arab ancestry.
          Before the time of Christ the Nubians and the Ethiopians had systems of mathematics and writing, which they learned from others. They also had cities.
          The Bantu learned agriculture and iron technology from the Nubians. With the use of iron tools and weapons they were able to spread throughout sub Saharan Africa, displacing and absorbing stone age peoples. By the time the Europeans began to explore the interior of Africa the Nubians had built small cities with stone buildings that still exist, but they never developed indigenous systems of writing and mathematics like American Indians did before the coming of Columbus. 

          • Detroit_WASP

            Interesting stuff.  They were a bit more advanced than I thought.

            I remember seeing a TV program about African Archeology and they made a HUGE deal about the fact that they found a stone wall build by Africans.  This “wall” was about 2 feet high and 5 feet long.  They went on and on about how Africans had “built” something.  It was comical to me.

  • JackKrak

    Somehow I have trouble believing that the reproductive activities of Pedro & Conchita or LeDontrelle and Sha’Quarla are influenced by broad economic indicators. Only white people are dumb enough to let economic considerations influence their life choices.

  • JohnEngelman

    In general a declining birth rate is a good thing. Other things being equal, more people mean less of everything good to go around. In the past technological advances have compensated for population growth. Now computer technology reduces the economic value of the kind of work most people are able to learn how to do. 
    The ultimate reason for the global economic downturn is that too many people are competing for too few resources in an economy that increasingly rewards the very intelligent while punishing everyone else. 

  • sbuffalonative

    demographer Joseph Chamie, former director of the United Nations Population Division and more recently research director at the Center for Migration Studies.

    Keep in mind that when the UN is talking about the problem of population decline their solution is always immigration replacement of the current population.


  • JohnEngelman

    I suspect that your assertion is an exaggeration. Nevertheless, it is true that Aid to Families with Dependent Children encourages reproduction among those who have nothing of value to contribute to the gene pool. 

  • JohnEngelman

    World Demographics Profile 2012
    6,928,198,253 (July 2011 est.)  
    Population growth rate1.092% 
    note: this rate results in about 145 net additions to the worldwide population every minute or 2.4 every second (2011 est.)  Total fertility rate2.46 children born/woman (2011 est.)