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Disminuyó la población de Puerto Rico nacida en el extranjero
La población de la Isla nacida en el extranjero bajó de los 100,000 habitantes del 2018 al 2022, un descenso de casi 15,000 comparado con la década anterior.
Puerto Rico’s Foreign-Born Population Has Declined
The island’s foreign-born population dropped below 100,000 in 2018-2022, a decline of roughly 15,000 from a decade earlier.
More People Moved Farther Away From City Centers Since COVID-19
New July 1,2023 population estimates show that more of the nation’s fastest-growing places were exurban communities.
Four of Nation’s Fastest-Growing Metro Areas Are in Florida
The Sunshine State was home to some of the fastest-growing and top-gaining metro areas, reflecting continued rapid population growth across the South.
Natural Disasters Are Primary Reason Island Areas Residents Moved
The share of movers in the Island Areas who reported natural disasters was their primary reason for moving from 2015 to 2020 ranged from about 27% to over 41%.
About 8.2 Million People Moved Between States in 2022
The number of people who moved between states went up from nearly 7.9 million in 2021 to about 8.2 million in 2022, making up 19.9% of all movers.
Why People Move
New U.S. Census Bureau data product shows changes in reasons for moving and types of moves between 2021 and 2022.
Going With the Flow: State-to-State Migration
Recently released estimates show more people moved between states in 2021 than in 2019, many to and from highly populated and neighboring states.
Fewer People Reported Moving in Previous Year in 2021 Than in 2019
The share of Americans who moved in the last year declined from about 14% in 2019 to roughly 13% in 2021.
Texas Population Passes the 30-Million Mark in 2022
Texas is now one of only two states with a population of 30 million or more. Its population reached 30,029,572 in 2022, behind only California (39,029,342).
Two Years Into Pandemic, Domestic Migration Trends Shifted
Domestic migration rebounded in some of the nation’s most populous counties that saw steep outmigration earlier in pandemic.
Net International Migration Returns to Pre-COVID-19 Levels
New 2022 population estimates show the largest single-year increase in net migration between the United States and abroad since 2010.
Do Disabilities Impact Older People’s Moves to Other Locations?
About 8.3% of people ages 65 and older with a disability and 5.1% without a disability moved during the prior year from 2015-2019.
There’s No Place Like (Close to) Home
New research shows where people move as young adults. Eight in 10 live within 100 miles of where they grew up.
Net Domestic Migration Increased in Many U.S. Counties in 2021
Smaller counties were more likely to experience net domestic migration gains and larger counties declines last year, possibly due to the pandemic.
What Has Driven Population Change in U.S. Counties?
In most counties, domestic migration played a larger role in population growth than births, deaths and international migration, possibly due to the pandemic.
U.S. Migration Continued to Decline From 2020 to 2021
In 2021, 8.4% of people had lived in a different residence a year earlier, a decline from the 2020 mover rate of 9.3%.
Net International Migration at Lowest Levels in Decades
Travel restrictions during the pandemic had a significant impact on international migration, according to July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 estimates out today.
Net Outmigration from Puerto Rico Slows During Pandemic
The U.S. Census Bureau is now using flight data to more accurately measure migration flows in and out of Puerto Rico.
Population Grew 0.1% in 2021, Slowest Rate Since America’s Founding
With the exception of the last few years, the U.S. population has not grown at such a slow rate since 1918, during the influenza pandemic and World War I.
Got a Problem? Census TOP Summit May Have an App or Tool to Solve It
TOP Summit will display tools designed to address COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, financial inequity and other real-world issues.
The “Hart” of the Nation’s Population: Hartville, Missouri (Pop. 594)
The Census Bureau calculated the spot that marks the center of U.S. population based on the 2020 Census and it is in Missouri for the fifth consecutive decade.
Will Nation's Center of Population Stay in Missouri for Fifth Decade?
On Nov. 16, the U.S. Census Bureau will announce where the U.S. center of population was in 2020, a way to summarize population shifts every decade.
Page Last Revised - April 14, 2023
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