The COVID-19 pandemic has had a staggering effect on population growth in the United States. The population grew just 0.1% in the year ending July 1, 2021, according to the Census Bureau, the slowest growth rate in US history. The last time the population grew by less than a million was in 1937, during the depths of the Great Depression. Along with deaths from the virus, low birth rates and slowing international migration have been major contributing factors.
Population growth has been uneven nationally. Ten states actually posted declines in population. The most significant of these was the 1.6% drop in New York, which brought the population to 20,154,933. The state where the population has increased the most since the pandemic is Idaho , where the population grew 2.9% to 1,900,923. (And it’s the US city that the most people are leaving.)
More than 30 states posted population growth during the period. To identify which state has grown the most since the pandemic, 24/7 Wall St. looked at the year-over-year population change from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, using US Census Bureau demographic data. . Listed are the 31 states where the population grew during this period.
Some states where populations grew during the pandemic were already growing due to the long-standing trend of Americans leaving Rust Belt states like Michigan and Ohio and northeastern states like New York and heading to warmer climates (and places with lower taxes) such as Arizona, Florida and Texas. (These are the states with the highest and lowest property taxes.)
Additionally, some people picked new states where COVID-19 mandates were either non-existent or less severe, such as South Dakota as well as Florida and Texas.
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