U.S. Census Bureau reported vintage 2021 national and state population estimates on December 21, 2021. The report included several highlights:
First, the report indicated that on a national level, the population of the United States grew by only 0.1 percent (N=392,665) between July 1, 2020, and July 1, 2021, “the lowest rate since the nation’s founding.” The report also reported that the slow rate of growth can be attributed to lower birth rates, decreasing net international migration, and rising mortality rates due to the aging of the nation’s population and in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compared to the nation, Texas had the largest annual and cumulative numeric gain in 2021 (Table 1), and ranked seventh in terms of percentage growth (Table 2). Overall, Texas’ population increasing by 310,288 (1.1%) and 382,436 (1.3%) residents, respectively. The increase in Texas residents was primarily a result of domestic migration (170,307) and natural increase (113,845). With 29,527,941 residents (July 1, 2021), Texas was the second most populous state in the USA after California (N=39,237,836) and before Florida (N=21,781,128).