The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic was reflected in a natural drop in the population of approximately three-quarters of U.S. counties last year compared to the two previous years, according to the census office.
More than 73 percent of counties in the United States witnessed a natural drop, or an excess of deaths over births, according to bureau data, up from 55.5 percent in 2020 and 45.5 percent in 2019.
“In 2021, fewer births, an ageing population, and greater mortality – exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – all contributed to a surge in natural decrease,” according to the US Census Bureau.
According to the data given by the bureau as part of its Vintage 2021 projections of population and components of change, Los Angeles county in California experienced the largest loss of 159,621 persons.
In 2021, all counties in Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island had natural population declines, according to the report, but migration also contributed to some population declines.
According to census data released last August, more than half of all U.S. counties lost population between 2010 and 2016, with almost all growth occurring in metropolitan regions.
Between 2020 and 2021, the population of urban regions in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia increased by around 65 percent.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States’ population grew at a slower rate in 2021 than in any other year on record, as the COVID-19 epidemic exacerbated recent years’ sluggish growth.