U.S. population grows at slowest rate since Great Depression

On New Year's Day, the U.S. population will have topped 317 million people, a 0.7% increase over the previous year, the Census Bureau said. The previous time when the population grew more slowly was between 1932 and 1937 during the Great Depression, according to an analysis by Brookings Institution demographer William Frey. When more people believe the economy is improving, the growth rate will probably rise, several demographers said.

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