Florida has had the second highest population growth in the country compared to last year

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Florida trailed only Texas in population growth from 2020 to 2021, while the country had the slowest growth rate in its history, according to information released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau.

Florida grew by 211,196 from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, to a population of 21,781,128, according to census estimates. Texas grew by approximately 310,288 to a population of 29,527,941.

California continued to have the largest population in the country at 39,237,836, although it lost 261,902 net residents from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021. New York saw the largest decline of 319,020. , its population falling below 20 million, according to the census bureau.

While parts of the country such as Florida and Texas continued to experience significant population increases, the country’s growth rate was 0.1%, the lowest rate on record. The census bureau said this stemmed from a combination of factors, including deaths from COVID-19.

“Population growth has been slowing for years due to declining birth rates and declining net international migration, while death rates are rising due to the country’s aging population,” said Kristie Wilder, demographer at the Census Bureau’s Population Division, in a statement. Affirmation prepared. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, that combination has resulted in a historically slow pace of growth.”

Florida had the largest net migration gains in the country, a measure of people moving in and out of the state. But it also had the largest “natural” decrease in population, which involves comparing the number of births and deaths.

A report released last week by state economists pointed to “stronger-than-expected net migration” in Florida. But he also said: ‘Natural increase, the other component of population growth, has been more negative than expected due to increased deaths.’

The census bureau said 33 states saw population increases from 2020 to 2021, and 17 states and the District of Columbia lost population. In general, the numbers show population shifts from states such as New York, California and Illinois to southern states and parts of the west.

The largest population gains were recorded in Texas, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia. The highest growth percentages were recorded in Idaho, Utah, Montana, Arizona and South Carolina. Florida was eighth in percentage growth.

The report released last week by state economists included somewhat different population estimates for Florida — differences that have also occurred in the past. But state economists have predicted continued and steady growth in the coming years, projecting a population of 24.47 million in 2030.

Economists predicted an average growth of 309,867 people per year, or 849 per day, from April 1, 2021 to April 1, 2026.

“These increases are analogous to adding a city the size of Orlando every year,” said a summary of the report from a state panel known as the Demographic Estimating Conference.

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