US Population Growth Smallest Since Great Depression

US Population Growth Smallest Since Great Depression

( – Every 10 years, the US Census gives our nation a new understanding of our population, economy, and political influence. The US Census Bureau released its first round of data this week, showing that US population growth was quite slow over the past decade.

On Monday, April 26, the Census Bureau shared that there were 331,449,281 people in the United States last year, according to the 2020 census. This number marked a 7.35% increase from the previous decade and the smallest since the 1930s. Experts believe this lethargy came from a myriad of factors including the Great Recession, our aging population, and limited immigration.

The Bureau shared the news on Twitter, including how it will influence representation in Congress:

Perhaps one of the most notable stories with this is that Minnesota avoided losing its 8th Representative to New York by just 89 people. This shows how every person, vote, and census counts and influences the next 10 years.

So, as many states begin changing congressional boundaries, known as redistricting, following the loss or addition of a representative, both parties will have wins and losses. As this shuffle occurs, special elections and midterms are on the horizon and could possibly lead the GOP to retake one — or both — congressional houses.

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