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.
Immigration could help mitigate the negative impact of falling birth rates.
- 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.
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.
- The U.S. is headed toward a large dependent population of children and retirees and a much smaller workforce, which would slow economic growth.
- More than half the population growth in D.C., Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and 7 other states was due to immigration.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Immigration and Population Growth
Mike Allen at Axios: