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A Population Slowdown in the U.S.

New York Times - Tue May 4 10:00

How the declining birthrate could profoundly shape the nation’s future.

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The latest census revealed that the United States had seen the second-slowest decade of population growth since 1790, when the count began.

That is largely because of a decline in the two main forces that make up population growth: immigration and the birthrate.

The United States may be entering an era of substantially lower population growth, demographers said, affecting the economy, social security and climate change.

How could this redefine the country’s future?


Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent covering demographics for The New York Times.

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A library in New Rochelle, N.Y., in December. In the state, 48 of 62 counties are estimated to be losing population.
Credit...Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

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Sabrina Tavernise contributed reporting.

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