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334.9 million people lived in the United States in 2023.

That’s a 47.4% increase since 1980.


The population grew more last year than in recent years, but 2023 still had the fifth-lowest growth in US history after 2021’s record low.

Births, deaths, and net migration (the net effect of people moving into and out of the country) caused the population to grow by 1.6 million last year, or 0.5%.


Population growth rates vary between states. Nevada residents almost quadrupled between 1980 and 2023, while West Virginia’s population decreased by 9%.

The population also more than doubled in Arizona, Utah, Florida, Texas, Idaho, Colorado, and Georgia. (To learn more about population change in your state or county, explore Our Changing Population.)


The birth rate fell slightly to 1,101 births per 100,000 people in 2022.

This is the second lowest rate since the beginning of available data and near the record low of 1,097 births per 100,000 reached in 2020.


According to preliminary data, the death rate fell in 2023 for the second consecutive year. It remains above pre-pandemic levels.

2023’s death rate of 919.8 deaths per 100,000 people exceeded that of any year from 1974 to 2019.


The country is growing more racially and ethnically diverse.

From 2000 to 2022, the Hispanic share of the US population grew faster than any other, rising from 12.6% to 19.1%.


The population is getting older.

The proportion of working-age adults in the US remained relatively constant since 1980. However, the share of people aged 65 and over grew by 6.0 percentage points, while the percentage younger than 18 fell by 6.3 points.


Single adults without kids comprised 29.0% of all US households in 2023, up from 13.1% in 1960.

The share of households headed by married parents declined from 44.2% to 17.9% between 1960 and 2023.

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