U.S. Population Growth Slows to Just 0.71%

Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USA Today, December 31, 2013

An aging Baby Boomer population and slower immigration combined for nearly stagnant U.S. population growth in 2013 as the total number of residents increased at the slowest pace since the Great Depression.

Figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that growth for the 12 months ending July 1 was 0.71%, or just under 2.3 million people. That’s the slowest since 1937, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who called this year’s growth “underwhelming.”

In 2011-2012, the U.S. population grew at a slightly higher 0.75% rate.

As another calendar year begins, the Census Bureau projects the nation’s population on New Year’s Day will beĀ 317,297,938, an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7%, from New Year’s Day 2013.


Kenneth Johnson, a University of New Hampshire demographer, noted that Florida’s population gain of 232,000 people is about even with that of the past two years but “still smaller than that during the 2000s, when Florida gained an average of 282,000 annually.” Migration is key to maintaining Florida’s population growth, he said, because the difference each year between births and deaths there is small.


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  • Manaphy

    Fewer “immigrants” = Better place.

    • Spartacus

      With less rapes…

      • Aditya Vivek Barot

        Also, reduced littering, and fewer MVAs. Not to mention decreased social friction

    • Garrett Brown

      It’s already too late. Our birth rate won’t beat the illegals already here unfortunately…

      • Rick Brooks

        i know at the moment this may seem like nothing more than a fantasy, but if you did away with birth-right citizenship and required contraception for unwed, long-term welfare recipients, the colored birth rate in this country would drop like a stone.

        • Garrett Brown

          Yes, I made that statement with realistic possibilities. I would absolutely love for that scenario to happen, but it never will in this union. Maybe if we can secede but by then hopefully we have NO blacks or mestizos to worry about.

        • Katherine McChesney

          You’d have to sew black women’s knees together to make that happen.

        • John R

          I would only wish that, Mr. Brooks. But seriously, do you think that the liberals, who control the government and the media would stand for that? Heck no! They know by now that from the past election, with even the Baby Boomers growing up, and realizing their folly, that the only hope for liberal ideology is a growing number of non-Whites to demand more from government and society. Even most of the “Flower Children” have woken up.

  • David Ashton

    In Britain, the population growth comes from immigrants.

    • Within the last two weeks, I have read that 93% of America’s population growth is from one of two sources: Non-white immigration or domestic non-white procreation.

      • John R

        You mean domestic non-White out of wedlock procreation.

  • There are a lot of people crying over this news. I don’t happen to be one of them.

  • bigone4u

    Population growth fueled by increased numbers of blacks and browns is harmful to the environment and economically. The news on population is good as far as I’m concerned.

    • DaveMed

      I didn’t see any racial or ethnic breakdowns in the article.

      I’m sad to say that I suspect that the decrease in the white birthrate is greater than the decrease in that of non-whites.

      If this were a “break even” situation, so to speak, I’d be all for it.

  • So CAL Snowman

    The USA is the fourth most populous nation in the world at approximately 320 million people. These lefties that call for a population increase really are insane. I mean look at India and China, is that what they want?

    • Aditya Vivek Barot

      Yup. Secretly, they all dream of ruling a submissive colored populist that worships the ground they walk on.

      • Reverend Bacon

        Yes, but they worship it only because they’re paid to do so. It’s essentially what LBJ said when he signed the Civil Rights Act.

      • DaveMed

        This is exactly how the liberal mind works.

        Well said.

    • JackKrak

      Actually, it’s third behind China and India.

      If you kick Japan off the top ten of that list, you can see pretty clearly that more people=lower standard of living.

    • NoMosqueHere

      We can barely provide jobs and other resources for our population today. If the US population swells to 400 or 500 million, how will we provide for our people? We must focus on quality, not quantity. That means more whites and few third worlders with more or less stable population growth.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    This is why we need comprehensive immigration reform. Our immigration system is broken. The time is now to fix it.

    Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make America more prosperous.

    Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

  • Bossman

    I read this article in the New York Times. The most depressing thing to read was that in the same time period, India increased its population by 15 million!!!

  • WR_the_realist

    When they say that the population growth is slower than it’s been since the Great Depression they are comparing percentage growth rates, not absolute increases. In absolute numbers our population is still growing much faster than it did during the Depression because the base is much bigger. The U.S. population has doubled since I was born, and I was born long after the Great Depression ended.

    I for one see nothing wrong with stabilizing our population, which means no growth at all. But the advocates of open borders are determined to make sure that never happens.

    • MBlanc46

      But no population growth doesn’t mean no economic growth (and if you’ve got a strong economy there’s no reason that it has to grow).

  • TXCriollo

    I went to usa today and read the comments, most people saw this as a good thing, but a few saw this as bad for diversity. the largest birthrate drop has been from “Hispanics” but we all know usa today will not tell people that. less people Is not a bad thing

    • DaveMed

      Do you have a source available for the relative drop in Hispanics?

      • TXCriollo

        yes I do, texas department of vital statistics. I have a good friend that works for them. He can get birthrate info from all 50 states and they are raw numbers. In Texas for example, in 2002 there were 202000 Mexicans or Hispanics compared to 142000 white births. In the last ten years whites have stayed around 140k where Hispanics have dropped around 7% each year, the last email he sent me for 2012 was 158000 h to 141000 white. Now most states are following the same other then Illinois and California. I asked him why no news papers have talked about this or the drop in Hispanic enrollment in elementary schools. he did not give me a straight answer, but the numbers don’t lie. I would be more then willing to get info for anyone so they can spread the truth

        • DaveMed

          If this is indeed the trend, perhaps we should allow it to continue undisturbed.

          You’ve made my morning a good one. Thanks!

  • MBlanc46

    That sounds good to me. I’ve never noticed a shortage of people in my part of the country.

  • DaveMed

    It’s too bad that the comments for the USA Today article are via Facebook. I’m concerned to bring up the racial issue.

    I’m loathe to encourage this trend publicly without qualification, as it could only serve to convince an on-the-edge white to not have (more) children. I do not want to be the cause of that.

  • Jon Doe

    I dont mind immigration.. as long as it is “select” immigration. Traveling to places like Frankfort, Dubai, Singapore, Cambodia, Taiwan etc has really improved the quality of my life. My experiences allowed me to grow into the man that i am, not being being able to see Angkor Temples would of sadden me, what a beautiful architecture. Now.. what needs to be done is acknowledging the truth, put a cap on the Mexicans, No Africans period and only allow immigrants that are educated and able to contribute to the community. You know… the exact opposite of what “they’ want. (Dumb, Stupid,Weak, Submissive, Obedient) basically votes and tax payers never to pose a threat.

  • John R

    So what if population growth is slow? We have fricken near 320 million people in this country already! We don’t need more. Have you noticed that the roads seem as congested as ever? That parking at any mall is as hard to get as ever? That rents keep going up and up? Yeah, that’s what we need: More people! What I AM concerned about is this: Not the lack of overall growth, but the actual decline in the number of productive White citizens. You know, White people? Those would be the dwindling number of Americans that don’t claim any special entitlement from anyone. Thank you fellow readers for allowing me to rant. Happy New Year!