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Pandemic puts brakes on U.S. population growth
Not since the founding of the county has the population come to nearly as a freeze as it did in the first year of the pandemic, with 25 states showing a drop from July 2020 to July 2021. The nation grew by only 0.1 percent, with only an additional 392,665 added to the U.S. population during that time.
Iowa is one of the states that grew by that nation overall rate.
More than 800,000 people have died in the United States since the pandemic began — and 7,799 of them in Iowa — driving the overall death toll up. At the same time, the birthrate was already at a low before the pandemic began, and the Census Bureau said it was expect to go down even more, although earlier this year it may have grown a little. In Iowa, the birthrate and the death rate were, as of 2020, the same — that as of that year anyway, the same number of people who were born matched the number of people who died.
By the way the Census Bureau calculates the rates of population growth or declines between July 2020 and July 2021, it takes into account the birthrate, the death rates and effects of migration — the number of people who move into a state regardless
While Iowa’s estimate still is low, it still is the fourth-largest state in the Midwest in population growth between July 2020 and July 2021. Of the 11 states in the Midwest, five of them lost population between those two dates.