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COVID-19: Pandemic Spurs Plunge in 2021 Population Rates in 73% of U.S. Counties

COVID-19: Pandemic Spurs Plunge in 2021 Population Rates in 73% of U.S. Counties

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A Census Bureau report on Thursday revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic has been responsible in causing a significant fall in population rates in almost the majority of counties in the United States.

According to the official census data, over 73% of the counties in the U.S. witnessed a surplus of mortalities compared to births. This comes as a marked increase from census figures in 2020 (55.5%) and 2019 (45.5%), reported Reuters.

The U.S. Census Bureau said in a statement, "In 2021, fewer births, an aging population and increased mortality — intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic — contributed to a rise in natural decrease." The data also showed that counties in New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware and Rhode Island reported a natural drop in population in 2021.

This comes as 2021 recorded the slowest growth of population in the U.S. which was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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