Cold visitors await Punxsutawney Phil during the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 2, 2019. (Credit: Jeff Swensen / Getty Images)

Chilly guests await Punxsutawney Phil through the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 2, 2019. (Credit score: Jeff Swensen / Getty Pictures)

The previous yr’s inhabitants development price in america was the slowest in a century resulting from declining births, growing deaths and the slowdown of worldwide migration, based on figures launched Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The U.S. grew from 2018 to 2019 by nearly a half p.c, or about 1.5 million folks, with the inhabitants standing at 328 million this yr, based on inhabitants estimates.

That’s the slowest development price in the U.S. since 1917 to 1918, when the nation was concerned in World Conflict I, mentioned William Frey, a senior fellow at The Brookings Establishment.

For the primary time in a long time, pure enhance — the variety of births minus the variety of deaths — was lower than 1 million in the U.S. resulting from an ageing inhabitants of Child Boomers, whose oldest members entered their 70s inside the previous a number of years. As the big Boomer inhabitants continues to age, this pattern goes to proceed.

“A few of these issues are locked into place. With the ageing of the inhabitants, because the Child Boomers transfer into their 70s and 80s, there are going to be larger numbers of deaths,” Frey mentioned. “Meaning proportionately fewer girls of kid bearing age, so even when they’ve kids, it’s nonetheless going to be much less.”

4 states had a pure lower, the place deaths outnumbered births: West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

For the primary time this decade, Puerto Rico had a inhabitants enhance. The island, battered by financial stagnation and Hurricane Maria in the previous a number of years, elevated by 340 folks between 2018 and 2019, with folks shifting to the island offsetting pure lower.

Worldwide migration to the U.S. decreased to 595,000 folks from 2018 to 2019, dropping from as many as 1 million worldwide migrants in 2016, based on the inhabitants estimates. Immigration restrictions by the Trump administration mixed with a notion that the U.S. has fewer financial alternatives than it did earlier than the recession a decade in the past contributed to the decline, Frey mentioned.

“Immigration is a wildcard in that it’s one thing we are able to do one thing about,” Frey mentioned. “Immigrants are usually youthful and have kids, and they will make a inhabitants youthful.”

Ten states had inhabitants declines in the previous yr. They included New York, which misplaced nearly 77,000 folks; Illinois, which misplaced nearly 51,000 residents; West Virginia, which misplaced greater than 12,000 folks; Louisiana, which misplaced nearly 11,000 residents; and Connecticut, which misplaced 6,200 folks. Mississippi, Hawaii, New Jersey, Alaska and Vermont every misplaced lower than 5,000 residents.

Regionally, the South noticed the best inhabitants development from 2018 to 2019, growing 0.8% resulting from pure enhance and folks shifting from others components of the nation. The Northeast had a inhabitants lower for the primary time this decade, declining 0.1% due primarily to folks shifting away.

Monday’s inhabitants estimates additionally provide a preview of which states could achieve or lose congressional seats from subsequent yr’s apportionment course of utilizing figures from the 2020 Census. The method divvies up the 435 U.S. Home seats among the many 50 states based mostly on inhabitants.

A number of forecasts predict California, the nation’s most populous state with 39.5 million residents, shedding a seat for the primary time. Texas, the nation’s second most-populous state with 28.9 million residents, is predicted to realize as many as three seats, essentially the most of any state.

In response to Frey’s projections on Monday, Florida stands to realize two seats, whereas Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon every stand to realize a seat. In addition to, California, different states that may doubtless lose a seat are Alabama, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.