The growth rate of 7.4% is just above what the U.S. experienced in the 1930s.
ATLANTA — Recently released census numbers show the population growth of the United States is the slowest it’s been since the Great Depression, a statistic that comes with a risk to our nation’s economy.
The older you get the slower you move. That’s the case for our 244-year-old country.
Census numbers put the U.S. population at 331,449,281, an increase of 7.4% over the past decade, just above the 7.3% rate during the 1930s. The growth rate in 2010 was 9.7%.
We’re not alone. Europe is experiencing a similar drop in its growth rate while countries like Japan experienced a population decline over the last 10 years.
While America is getting older and dying at a faster rate, families are having fewer children.
Tom Smith of Emory’s Goizueta Business School says young couples are focused on quality of life.
“If we have …