The Census Bureau said in a report released Tuesday that the U.S. population reached 308.7 million this year, marking the slowest growth rate since the Great Depression.
Figures from the 2010 census indicate that the nation’s population increased 9.7 percent in the past decade, up from 281.4 million in 2000.
Demographer Jew Passel of the Pew Hispanic Center says that the U.S. still has a comparatively sharp growth rate: “…[W]e’re growing very rapidly,” he told AOL News. “It’s only slow in comparison to our history but we’re growing at about 1 percent a year, and a lot of European countries are actually shrinking.
Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said that California is the most populous state with 37.2 million residents. Wyoming is the least populous with 563,626 inhabitants.
Texas showed the most significant numerical increase in residents, adding on nearly 4.3 million people in the last decade.
Groves said that about 60 percent of the country’s overall population growth came from natural growth and 40 percent came from immigration.