International migration drove US population growth in 2022
It is estimated that the U.S. population expanded by 1.2 million people in the year, largely caused by international immigration, and the country now has 333.2 million inhabitants according to figures published today by U.S. Census Bureau.
Net international migration — which is the number of people who are moving to the U.S. minus the number of people who leave –is more than one million people between 2021 and 2022. This was a rise of 168% over prior year’s 376.029 international immigrants and every state gained people from outside as per the 2022 population projections.
The natural growth — that is, the number of births less the number of deaths added 245,080 more people to the total, which was the first increase in the number of births since 2007.
The U.S. annual growth rate of 0.4 percent was a bounce of sort from the 0.1 percent rate of growth in the worst part of the pandemic, from 2020 until 2021 it was the lowest level since the nation’s beginning.
“It’s welcome because we would have been back to almost flatline growth if not for this immigration,” said William Frey, a demographer at The Brookings Institution.
Regionally in the Northeast lost more than 219,000 people in a decline that was largely driven by the influx of domestic residents away from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts in addition to deaths that outpaced births happening in Pennsylvania. The Midwest has also lost 49,000 people due to residents moving away from Illinois and deaths exceeding the births occurring in Ohio.
The South has gained 1.3 million inhabitants, the highest of any region that has seen population growth that occurred in Texas and Florida that surpassed 400,000 inhabitants each. Other Southern states such as North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee had one of the highest growth population numbers within the U.S.
The U.S. population grew by 1.2 million people this year, with growth largely driven by international migration, and the nation now has 333.2 million residents. https://t.co/pJNtFrdNRr
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Texas is the second-most dense state in the U.S., surpassed the 30 million mark and joined California as the only state that falls within this category.
However, California saw the loss of more than 113,000 residents and was home to just over 39 million by 2022. This was the largest decline in annual numbers in comparison to New York’s nearly 180,000 residents lost. The decline in population was caused in part by the greater than 343,000 foreign residents who moved out of California and helped reduce the West region’s growth in population to just 153,000 people.
Despite the loss of population overall, California had the largest growth of any state when it comes to international population, only one hair’s width in front of Florida by more than 125,000 residents. California also has the second-highest natural growth, just behind Texas. Births and deaths outnumbered deaths and immigration of immigrants led to a smaller loss of population than the previous year, which saw it shrink by more than 358,000 people.
However, Florida had the largest natural decline among all states, with deaths exceeding births by roughly 40,000. But the gains from international migration and the addition of over 318,000 people from the domestic migration The highest number of all states, gave Florida the fastest growth that any U.S. state with 1.9 percent.
The West region of 2022 has been a bit dull as a place to draw the flow of domestic migrants. Without international migration , and a substantial natural increase in births, which was more than deaths and deaths, the West region could have seen a decline in the population of residents from domestic areas who were moving out of California, Oregon and Washington. Western hotspots such as Utah, Idaho and Montana have also seen fewer gains over the previous year.
The slow development in the West is due to the pandemic that led to less people moving and the increasing cost of living in areas that were once thought of as less expensive alternatives to California According to Frey.
“There isn’t as much magnetism for those classic magnets for moving out of California,” Frey declared.
Puerto Rico lost 40,000 residents which is 1.3 percent of the population, as a result of people moving out and deaths exceeding births. Its population has now reached 3.2 million.