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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Immigration and Population Growth

Mike Allen at Axios:
Immigrants accounted for almost half of population growth in the U.S. from 2017 to 2018, according to new Census Bureau data, Axios' Stef Kight reports.
  • Why it matters: It's a reminder of how rapidly the demographics of the country are changing — and how the bitter political fights over immigration aren't changing the broader trends.
Immigration could help mitigate the negative impact of falling birth rates.
  • The U.S. is headed toward a large dependent population of children and retirees and a much smaller workforce, which would slow economic growth.
The big picture: 9% of the nation's counties grew due to immigration rather than more births than deaths — including counties that contain most of San Francisco, Houston and Boston, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
  • More than half the population growth in D.C., Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and 7 other states was due to immigration.