Each month the Census Counts team compiles Census-related news from a wide swath of national and regional media outlets to keep data equity stakeholders informed and engaged.  

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January 29, 2024 Census Coalition Clips


Disability Scoop | News Census Weighs Overhaul Of Disability Questions 

The U.S. Census Bureau says it received thousands of comments after proposing major changes to the way it counts the number of Americans with disabilities and is deciding whether to finalize the plan. Under the plan, the series of six disability questions would be reordered, reworded and a new question would be added to ask about psychosocial and cognitive disability as well as problems with speech. But potentially the biggest change is that rather than simply responding with “yes” or “no,” people would be asked to rate the level of difficulty they have with various functions. In order to be counted as having a disability, advocates say that the model proposed by the Census requires that a person respond to at least one question with “a lot of difficulty” or “cannot do at all.”

Michelle Diament | January 29, 2024

USA Facts | News What does the Census mean by “Some Other Race?” 

In the 2020 US census, 281.5 million Americans described their race using only one or more of the five races listed on the survey: white, Black or African American; Asian; American Indian and Alaska Native; and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander. The remaining 49.9 million Americans — 15.1% of the country — selected the “some other race” category, either on its own or in combination with other categories, to describe their racial identity. The Census Bureau classifies race and ethnicity separately, adhering to the guidance of the Office of Management and Budget’s 1997 Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity[1]. The race question includes the above five categories and the “some other race” option; the ethnicity question asks whether a person is Hispanic or Latino or not Hispanic or Latino. Because of this, many ethnically Hispanic people selected “some other race.” In fact, 90.8% of people in the “some other race” category were ethnically Hispanic.

USA Facts Team | January 23, 2024



The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint | News California Becomes First State to Break Down Black Employee Data by Ethnicity 

As of Jan. 1, California became the first state in the nation to disaggregate data for its Black population by ethnic lineage. Thanks to a bill authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). A California Department of Human Resource (CalHR) questionnaire requests newly or rehired employees to voluntarily self-identify their race, ethnicity and gender for the state to track and evaluate equal employment opportunities and non-discriminatory employment practices more accurately.

Staff Writers | January 25, 2024

Los Angeles Blade | News Bill requiring collection of LGBTQ health data introduced 

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 957, legislation to require state health agencies to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data alongside other demographic information in order to identify and combat health disparities. The bill enacts the full recommendations of last year’s state audit, which found that the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) failure to collect SOGI data impacted its ability to protect LGBTQ health. The state’s auditor has faulted the California Department of Public Health for being sclerotic with its efforts to collect LGBTQ demographics and criticized the agency for having inconsistent policies on how local health officials should be gathering such information. In a report released Thursday, the auditor suggested lawmakers need to take additional legislative steps to address the ongoing issues with the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data.

LA Blade Digital Staff | January 24, 2024


The University of Hawai’i | News Mānoa: VNR: U.S. Census director highlights diversity in research at UH talk 

U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert L. Santos provided valuable insights into the significance of diversity in population research in an event held on January 26, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Architecture Auditorium. “The Real Challenge Facing Researchers Is…Us!” marked the inaugural event of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health’s Dean Speaker Series. Attended by faculty, researchers, students and staff, the talk attracted both in-person and online audiences. As the U.S. Census Bureau continues its crucial role in providing quality data, Santos highlighted a path toward a more inclusive and effective future in data science and public health.

Dan Meisenzahl | January 26, 2024

Blog Posts and Reports

Office of Senator James E. Risch (OH) | Press Release Risch, Crapo, Hagerty Introduce Legislation to Include Citizenship Question on Census  

U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation to ensure the census only counts legal citizens for Congressional districts and the Electoral College map, which determines presidential elections. The current method of counting illegal immigrants for purposes of representation serves as a perverse incentive for open borders by boosting the political power of the states and municipalities that attract or incentivize illegal migrants. “Democrats are exploiting the rights of U.S. citizens by encouraging illegal immigrants to enter the U.S., travel to sanctuary cities, and skew congressional redistricting for political gain,” said Risch. “It is well past time the Census Bureau include a citizenship question to keep American values on track and prioritize the voices of American citizens.”

Press Office | January 25, 2024

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release 2022 Economic Census First Look 

The U.S. Census Bureau today released new First Look estimates from the 2022 Economic Census. The economic census is the U.S. government’s official 5-year measure of employer businesses in the United States. It provides the most comprehensive business and economic data available at the national, state and local levels – and serves as the benchmark for current economic measures, such as the Gross Domestic Product and Producer Price Index.

Jewel Jordan | January 25, 2024

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Additional ACS Selected Population and AIAN Tables Now Available 

The U.S. Census Bureau today released additional 2017-2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Selected Population Tables (SPT) and American Indian and Alaska Native Tables (AIANT) on data.census.gov and the Application Programming Interface (API) to address over-suppression for some groups and geographies within the original June 2023 release. More information about geographic area and group combinations that received additional tabulations is available on the Race, Ethnicity, Ancestry and American Indian and Alaska Native Tables page. 

Jewel Jordan | January 25, 2024

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Announces Completion of 2020 Census Review Operations 

The U.S. Census Bureau today announced it has completed two operations that allowed governmental units to seek review of their 2020 Census counts. The Census Bureau officially notified all participants of the Count Question Resolution (CQR) and 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review (PCGQR) operations of review results by Jan. 3. The CQR operation gave tribal, state and local governments the opportunity to ask the Census Bureau to review their boundaries or housing counts to identify errors that may have occurred while processing their 2020 Census counts. PCGQR offered the governments a new, one-time opportunity to request the Census Bureau review group quarters population counts as of Census Day or April 1, 2020, that they believed were not counted correctly. The results are then incorporated into the Census Bureau’s annual population estimates. Note that not all submitted requests were approved in full, and the resulting changes may be smaller than requested.

Public Information Office | January 24, 2024

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Begins Posting Public Comments on Proposed Changes to 2025 American Community Survey 

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun posting the public’s feedback on proposed changes to the 2025 American Community Survey (ACS) and Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) to regulations.gov. In October, the Census Bureau published a Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on proposed changes to the survey covering several topics, including household roster, educational attainment, health insurance coverage, disability, and labor force questions. The Census Bureau received more than 12,000 comments. The majority of the comments cited concerns with changing the disability questions to a set based on the Washington Group Short Set on Functioning.

Public Information Office | January 22, 2024

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January 22, 2024 Census Coalition Clips


AP News | News Some US states and NYC succeed in getting 2020 census numbers double-checked and increased 

The once-a-decade census produces population figures that help determine political power and the annual distribution of $2.8 trillion in federal funding. The Census Bureau has two programs giving governments opportunities to have their population totals reviewed and adjusted if need be. Nearly 200 requests for reviews were filed by tribal, local and state governments for the 2020 census. Changes from the reviews will be applied only to future annual population estimates used for the rest of the decade in determining federal funding. They can’t be used to change how many congressional seats each state was allotted during the apportionment process, nor for the data used for redrawing political districts.

Mike Schneider | January 18, 2024

U.S. News & World Report | News Population-Growth Patterns Paint Grim Picture for Democrats

Put simply, most of the faster-growing states are red, and most of the slower-growing states are blue, according to the Census Bureau’s estimated state-by-state population changes between July 1, 2022, and July 1, 2023. Of the 10 states that experienced the fastest percentage growth in population from 2022 to 2023, the top five voted for Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020: South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Idaho and North Carolina. Two others in the top 10 did so as well: Tennessee and Utah. If those population-growth patterns continue for the rest of the decade, it could seriously imperil the Democrats’ long-term chances of winning the White House.

Louis Jacobson | January 16, 2024



Alabama Reflector | News The Long Decline: How depopulation hurts Alabama’s rural communities 

Alabama as a whole grew slightly between 2010 and 2020. The U.S. Census estimates that about 5.074 million people call Alabama home. Nearly all those gains went to Huntsville and suburban counties around the state. Counties with major state universities in their backyard are also growing. It’s a much different story in Alabama’s rural counties, especially in the Black Belt. “When we look at Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and most of the other Appalachian states, rural counties have been having population loss in general,” said Beth Jarosz, program director in the U.S. Programs for the Population Reference Bureau. “There are some that have bucked the trend, but in general, there has been population loss.”

Ralph Chapoco | January 16, 2024


Cape Cod Times | News Census change complicates racial profiling data in Massachusetts, presents opportunity 

The Massachusetts traffic citation — the source of statewide data used in court proceedings and public policy research on racial profiling — doesn’t have a field for officers to mark both a driver’s race and ethnicity. For more than two decades, the citation has only included a field labeled “race.” But the categories used by Massachusetts police to collect driver demographics since 2000 might soon become close to the national standard. The U.S. Census Bureau has proposed asking about Americans’ race and ethnicity in one question, rather than in two separate questions, a change that would result in the nation adopting similar categories to those now used by Massachusetts police when ticketing drivers.

Jeannette Hinkle | January 21, 2024


WGVU | News MDHHS seeking feedback on race and ethnicity data collecting 

The MDHHS Office of Equity and Minority Health will hold a series of online community conversations in the hopes of gathering feedback from residents regarding standards of how race and ethnicity data is collected throughout the state of Michigan. Jasmine Hall, epidemiologist coordinator with the office explains why. “We are hosting these conversations because there’s no standard way right now for MDHHS to collect race and ethnicity data for residents receiving services.” The Office of Equity and Minority Health says that these online forums will help ensure that data collected in the future will give a fair and inclusive view of all residents who use or may need to use MDHHS programs. 

David Limbaugh | January 16, 2024 

Blog Posts and Reports

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Begins Posting Public Comments on Proposed Changes to 2025 American Community Survey 

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun posting the public’s feedback on proposed changes to the 2025 American Community Survey (ACS) and Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) to regulations.gov. In October, the Census Bureau published a Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on proposed changes to the survey covering several topics, including household roster, educational attainment, health insurance coverage, disability, and labor force questions. The Census Bureau received more than 12,000 comments. The majority of the comments cited concerns with changing the disability questions to a set based on the Washington Group Short Set on Functioning.

Public Information Office | January 22, 2024

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Open Innovation Summit Begins Today 

The U.S. Census Bureau today kicked off the annual Census Open Innovation Summit 2024. The three-day virtual conference, hosted by the Census Bureau’s Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL), will feature innovative technology and data products, amplify the value of open innovation in government, host conversations with leading experts and community leaders, and provide hands-on learning opportunities for attendees. Each session will offer collaboration opportunities for federal, state, tribal and local government innovators, tech pioneers, community advocates, students and other attendees.

Kristina Barrett | January 17, 2024

Pantagraph | Opinion OUR VIEW: Questioning census is fine

Politicizing the census may be acceptable. But when it turns into a game of tribes belittling others. we may overstep the point. The census is constitutionally required. It determines where our emphases need to be. Why wouldn’t we want every person possible counted? Why do we grumble over re-counts and make every discussion political? To be sure, this isn’t a new trend. Going back more than two centuries, disputes have surrounded the U.S. Census. In advance of the 2020 census, the Supreme Court rejected a Trump administration proposal to add a question about citizenship. By the time people were able to knock on doors, the world had turned into a place that actively rejected interaction. The COVID pandemic negatively affected many things, including the 2020 Census.

Editorial Board | January 12, 2024


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January 16, 2024 Census Coalition Clips


The Washington Post | News U.S. health care isn’t ready for a surge of seniors with disabilities

The number of older adults with disabilities — difficulty with walking, seeing, hearing, memory, cognition or performing daily tasks such as bathing or using the bathroom — will soar in the decades ahead, as baby boomers enter their 70s, 80s and 90s.There is no starker example of the deleterious confluence of bias against seniors and people with disabilities. Unfortunately, older adults with disabilities routinely encounter these twinned types of discrimination when seeking medical care. Such discrimination would be explicitly banned under a rule proposed by HHS in September. For the first time in 50 years, it would update Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a landmark statute that helped establish civil rights for people with disabilities.

Judith Graham | January 14, 2024

The Center for Public Integrity | News More states are pushing for race and ethnicity data equity 

Middle Eastern and North African people in Nevada who are often misclassified as white or undercounted by state service providers will have a choice to self-identify for the first time under a new sub-category that more accurately represents them. As of Jan. 1, a new state law requires that all government agencies in Nevada collecting demographic information on race or ethnicity include a Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) question. Lawmakers in Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts and Nevada passed laws in 2023 to collect race and ethnicity data at a more granular level than the five racial and two ethnic categories mandated by the federal government since 1977. 

Kristian Hernández | January 12, 2024

Disability Scoop | News Census Bureau’s Proposed Changes Threaten To Undercount People With Disabilities 

The Census Bureau has proposed a major change to disability questions on its annual American Community Survey that advocates say will reduce the number of people who are counted as having a disability by 40%, including millions of women and girls. The change in available data could affect federal funding allocations and the decisions government agencies make about accessible housing, public transit and civil rights enforcement, they argue.

Casey Quinlan | January 9, 2024



The Center Square | News Urbana joins other Illinois communities to pay for Census recount 

The college town of Urbana Illinois has agreed to pay several hundred thousand dollars in taxpayer funds for a partial 2020 census recount. The pricey expenditure is warranted, Mayor Diane Marlin said, because Urbana is losing several hundred thousand dollars in state and federal funding every year because their recorded population numbers were down by several thousand people in the official 2020 census results. “People don’t realize how much of a city’s revenue is related to population, because that is how a lot of our revenue from the state and federal governments is distributed,” Marlin said. “It is one of those things where you don’t realize how important it is until you suddenly lose it.”

Zeta Cross | January 12, 2024

New Jersey 

NJ Governor’s Office | Press Release Governor Murphy Signs Immigrants’ Rights Legislation to Strengthen Workers’ Rights and Recognize the Diversity of New Jersey 

Governor Phil Murphy today signed a series of immigrants’ rights bills to strengthen rights of domestic workers, promote language access to government services and benefits, and accurately understand the diversity of New Jersey’s communities, building on the Murphy Administration’s commitment to building a fairer and more inclusive state for all. A-3092wGR/S2415 (Stanley, Jaffer, Mukherji/Gopal, Ruiz) – Requires State agencies update demographic data collection methods on Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian and Indian Diaspora residents of this State.

NJ Governor’s Office | January 12, 2024

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U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Releases Summary File for 2020 Census Detailed DHC-A 

The U.S. Census Bureau today released a set of summary file tables in response to data users’ requests for another way to download data in bulk from the 2020 Census Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (Detailed DHC-A) that was released on September 21, 2023. The Detailed DHC-A Summary File provides the most comprehensive detail on race, ethnicity and tribes among all 2020 Census data products. It contains data on population size and, for groups that meet specified population thresholds, sex-by-age counts for detailed race and ethnicity groups and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages. The summary file also contains data for regional race and ethnicity groups.

Stacy Gimbel Vidal | January 10, 2024

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Brookings Institute | News Immigration is driving the nation’s modest post-pandemic population growth, new census data shows

The latest Census Bureau statistics show that a continued uptick in immigration is the main driver of the modest U.S. population growth rate, as the nation attempts to rebound from the historic lows of the COVID-19 pandemic period. These population estimates (through the period ending July 2023) reveal a small gain in the nation’s growth rate, to 0.49% for 2022-23—up from 0.37% in 2021-22 and the near flatline growth of 0.16% in the prime pandemic year, 2020-21. As was the case in the previous year, a renewed high level of immigration was the main growth booster, though there was also an increase in the contribution of natural increase (the sum of births minus deaths) due to a noticeable decline in the number of deaths, though still higher than in pre-pandemic years.

William H. Frey | January 4, 2024



KAWC | News Arizona could have more seats in Congress after 2030 census 

If the current population trends continue, Arizona will have a bit more influence in Washington after the 2030 census. And California and New York will have less than they do now. A lot less. That’s the analysis of Election Data Services which studies figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and figures out how that will affect how many seats in the U.S. House each state will get. And based on its projections, the company figures Arizona’s population, now about 7.4 million, will reach close to 8 million. More to the point, if the trends hold, that means the state will get an additional seat after the decennial count, bringing the total to 10.

Howard Fischer | January 1, 2024


The Gazette | News Census undercounted Illinois population in 2020 

Illinois officials said the U.S. Census Bureau omitted nearly 47,000 people when counting the state’s population in 2020, showing the state actually gained residents instead of losing them following a state-requested recount. Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) announced in a press release on Wednesday that the Census Bureau approved the state’s request to have 46,400 people included in future population estimates after the bureau found it missed or undercounted 733 “Group Quarters,” with the majority of the omitted people coming from care homes or senior living facilities.

Rachel Schilke | January 3, 2024 

Blog Posts and Reports

U.S. Census Bureau | Blog How Racially and Ethnically Diverse Is Your Neighborhood?

In 2020, Anchorage, Alaska had the top four most diverse census tracts (small county subdivisions used to represent neighborhoods) and Indiana the nation’s two least diverse, according to an interactive tool and supplemental tables from the Census Bureau. The diversity index is the chance that two people chosen at random will be from different race and ethnicity groups. A value of 0 indicates that everyone in the population has the same racial and ethnic characteristics. A value close to 100 indicates that almost everyone in the population has different racial and ethnic characteristics. 

Megan Rabe | January 3, 2024

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Open Innovation Labs to Host Census Open Innovation Summit 2024 

The U.S. Census Bureau is virtually hosting the annual Census Open Innovation Summit, a conference showcasing technology built with open data and highlighting government innovations, cross-sector collaboration and federal-community partnership. The event is led by the Census Bureau’s Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL), which has an office at the U.S. Census Bureau, with a portfolio of award-winning projects that continue to raise the bar for open innovation across government. The summit is focused on open innovation across government through cross-sector collaboration, design and technology.

Kristina Barrett | January 3, 2024

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AP News | News World population up 75 million this year, standing at 8 billion on Jan. 1  

The world population grew by 75 million people over the past year and on New Year’s Day it will stand at more than 8 billion people, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. The worldwide growth rate in the past year was just under 1%. At the start of 2024, 4.3 births and two deaths are expected worldwide every second, according to the Census Bureau figures. The growth rate for the United States in the past year was 0.53%, about half the worldwide figure. The U.S. added 1.7 million people and will have a population on New Year’s Day of 335.8 million people.

Mike Schneider | December 28, 2023

The Good Men Project | News The United States Is Rich in Languages 

In the U.S., the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home nearly tripled from 23.1 million (about 1 in 10) to 67.8 million (about 1 in 5) over three recent decades, according to the Census Bureau. There are between 350 and 430 languages spoken in the United States, making it one of the most linguistically diverse countries on Earth, according to the nonprofit service Translators Without Borders. Its figure is consistent with the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimate of “more than 350 languages.” Americans trace their roots to every part of the globe, and many can speak the language native to the places from which they or their ancestors came.

Lauren Monsen & Maureen Gregory | December 24, 2023

Politico | News What the South’s population boom means for 2030 redistricting 

The South is experiencing a population boom — well outstripping the rest of the country — that could have significant ramifications for political representation next decade. The Census Bureau released its annual population estimates on Tuesday, finding that the country gained more than 1.6 million people over the past year. That brings the nation to just under 335 million residents. The country is growing in ways we have not seen since before the pandemic, the agency noted.

Zach Montellaro | December 20, 2023

AP News | News Immigration fuels uptick in US population growth 

The number of immigrants to the U.S. jumped to the highest level in two decades this year, driving the nation’s overall population growth, according to estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The United States added 1.6 million people, more than two-thirds of which came from international migration, bringing the nation’s population total to 334.9 million. It marks the second year in a row that immigration powered population gains. A decline in the number of deaths since the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to the U.S. growth rate.

Mike Schneider | December 19, 2023

STAT News | News The Census category ‘some other race’ is hurting public health

According to the 2020 Census, the second most common race in America, after white, is “Some other race,” an option chosen by an astonishing one out of seven people. The nationwide failure to accurately measure the variety of races and ethnicities that make up the U.S. population makes underrepresented groups invisible in public health data, resulting in policies informed by inadequate or misleading information. Health data collection often involves aggregating, or grouping, individuals into broad racial and ethnic categories. So, for example, as Usha Lee McFarling recently reported for STAT, the catch-all term “Asian” — one of the five mandatory racial categories in federal reporting — lumps together groups who face very different health challenges.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Jr. | December 19, 2023

NPR | News A controversial Census Bureau proposal could shrink the U.S. disability rate by 40% 

A proposal to change how the Census Bureau produces a key set of estimates about the number of people with disabilities in the United States has sparked controversy among many disability advocates. Some are concerned that the potential revisions to the disability questions on the bureau’s annual American Community Survey, as well as how the bureau reports out people’s responses, could skew the government’s official statistics. That in turn, advocates worry, would make it harder to ensure that disabled people have access to housing and health care, enforce legal protections against discrimination in schools and at work, and prepare communities for disasters and emergencies.

Hansi Lo Wang | December 18, 2023



Chicago Sun Times | News U.S. Census says I’m ‘white,’ but I’m not 

The classification of this population as “white” in the U.S. Census has created a form of systematic invisibility. For example, it is impossible to know the exact number of individuals in the U.S. who trace their ancestry to any of these countries. This means they cannot advocate for resources, funding and other opportunities for these communities because census results dictate the annual distribution of federal funds to different states and to different racial and ethnic minorities.

Sarah Abboud | December 21, 2023 


The Wall Street Journal | News The American South Is Booming. Why Is Mississippi Left Behind?  

From the summer of 2022 to the summer of 2023, the U.S. population grew by 1.6 million people, with 1.4 million of them—almost 87%—in the South, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. But Mississippi essentially missed out on that growth. It gained just over 750 residents during the same period. This October, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Mississippi’s civilian labor force had shrunk 1.4% from what it was a decade earlier, even as the South’s workforce overall has grown exponentially. For example, neighboring Tennessee’s labor force increased almost 11% for the same period.

Cameron McWhirter | December 31, 2023

Blog Posts and Reports

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day 

As the nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the U.S. population will be 335,893,238 at midnight EST, on Jan. 1, 2024. This represents an increase of 1,759,535 (0.53%) from Jan. 1, 2023, and 4,443,957 (1.34%) from Census Day (April 1) 2020. In January 2024, the United States is expected to experience one birth every 9.0 seconds and one death every 9.5 seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 28.3 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration increases the U.S. population by one person every 24.2 seconds.

Lewis Liu | December 28, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Blog The Stories U.S. Census Bureau Data Told in 2023 

As 2023 comes to a close, we review some of the year’s key demographic and economic trends and shifts that reshaped the nation. U.S. Census Bureau surveys document many changes the country experiences, from increased diversity and how and where we live to the aging of the population and economic shifts. In addition to the 2020 Census results and more recent population estimates and surveys, several experimental data products provided near real-time household and business statistics. 

America Counts Staff | December 27, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release U.S. Population Trends Return to Pre-Pandemic Norms 

Population trends are returning to pre-pandemic norms as the number of annual deaths decreased last year and migration reverted to patterns not seen since before 2020, according to the new Vintage 2023 population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The nation gained more than 1.6 million people this past year, growing by 0.5% to 334,914,895. More states experienced population growth in 2023 than in any year since the start of the pandemic. This year’s national population growth is still historically low but is a slight uptick from the 0.4% increase in 2022 and the 0.2% increase in 2021.

Kristina Barrett | December 19, 2023

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