NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee is among the Top 10 states in the nation which saw the highest total population growth from 2020 to 2021 according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
The bureau's Vintage 2021 National and State Population Estimates released on Tuesday reflects the U.S. had the slowest rate of growth in history from July 1, 2020 through July 1, 2021. The slow rate of growth is attributed to decreased net international migration, decreased fertility, and increased mortality due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, not all states were impacted by the slowdown. The south region was the only one to see positive net domestic migration during the time period. This includes Tennessee, which ranked 8th nationally for total numeric growth. According to the data, Tennessee saw an increase of 55,099 new residents from mid-2020 to mid-2021.
Texas led all states in numeric growth with an addition of over 310,000 residents, followed by Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah, Tennessee, Idaho, and Nevada rounding out the Top 10.
The Top 10 states with the largest decline were New York, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, D.C., Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio.
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