#AceNewsReport – Aug.14: The US has also grown more urban over the past 10 years, according to the release from the US Census Bureau: The number of people who identify as multiracial increased by 276 per cent, from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020.
#AceDailyNews says that ‘The Latest Data Census Report: As the country is diversifying, but the population is growing at its slowest rate since the Great Depression as the non-Hispanic white population, which remains the largest race or ethnic group, shrank by 8.6 per cent over the decade and now accounts for 57.8 per cent of the US population — the lowest share on record.
The Hispanic population grew by almost a quarter over the decade. By comparison, the non-Hispanic growth rate was 4.3 per cent: The number of respondents identifying as Asian jumped more than a third, rising to 24 million people in 2020.
People who identify as a race other than white, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander — either alone or in combination with one of those races — jumped to 49.9 million people, surpassing the black population of 46.9 million people as the nation’s second-largest racial group, according to the Census Bureau.
“The US population is much more multiracial and much more racially and ethnically diverse than what we have measured in the past,” said Nicholas Jones, a Census Bureau official.
Cities growing but population growth slowing
The figures also offered new details on the country’s slowing rate of population growth, which was the lowest for any 10-year period save the Great Depression in the 1930s.
The nation’s 7.4 per cent growth rate over the decade was largely propelled by boom in the Hispanic population.
More than half of all US counties lost population from 2010 to 2020, census officials said, and almost all growth occurred in metropolitan areas.
As in recent decades, the south and west had more growth than the midwest and north-east.
New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix are the five largest US cities.
Phoenix, which grew faster than any other city in the top 10, pushed Philadelphia down to number six.
Adults made up more than three-quarters of the population in 2020, or 258.3 million people, an increase of more than 10 per cent from 2010.
However, the population of children under the age of 18 dropped 1.4 per cent, from 74.2 million in 2010 to 73.1 million in 2020.
Census critical to funding and representation
The data, which offers demographic and racial details of every community, arrived months later than originally expected after the census took longer to complete due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The release of the census data also marks the start of what will be a fierce partisan battle over redistricting, as states use the local data to begin drawing congressional and state legislative districts for the next 10 years.
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In April, the bureau published state-level totals, showing that six states will gain congressional seats next year based on increased populations, as well as additional Electoral College votes starting with the 2024 presidential election.
Another seven states will lose seats next year.
Electoral analysts have said Republicans, who control more state houses than Democrats, could potentially erase the Democrats’ thin advantage in the House through redistricting alone: US Electoral College system explained
Some experts have questioned whether the census data may have undercounted certain populations, given the pandemic and the Trump administration’s unsuccessful effort to add a citizenship question to the survey: Trump drops census citizenship question
Civil rights groups said the failed attempt could nevertheless have dissuaded some immigrants from filling out census forms.
“While no data is perfect, we are confident that today’s redistricting results meet our high data quality standards,” Ron Jarmin, the bureau’s acting director, said.
Census results are also essential to determining the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding, especially for schools and hospitals.
Addtional information: ABC/wires/US Census Poll/
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