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Amid 'Grim Global Outlook,' This Shark Species Thrives

Juvenile bull shark population off Alabama grew fivefold in past 20 years as water temps warmed

(Newser) - The frog hasn't noticed it's slowly boiling to death, and neither do bull sharks off the coast of Alabama, apparently. Or, if they do, they're going out with a bang, multiplying at a rate that has brought the juvenile population's numbers up fivefold over the past...

More People Moved to One Florida County Than Any Other in 2023

Florida's citrus grove-replete Polk County is quite the draw these days

(Newser) - More people moved to a county rich with citrus groves located between two of Florida's most populous metro areas than to any other county in the US last year, according to estimates released Thursday by the US Census Bureau. More than 29,300 people moved last year to the...

Census Bureau Announces a World Population Milestone

Estimates it has now hit 8B

(Newser) - The world population grew by 75 million people over the past year and on New Year's Day it will stand at more than 8 billion people, according to figures released by the US Census Bureau on Thursday. The bureau estimates the population passed the 8 billion mark on September...

America Just Had Its Largest Population Gain in 5 Years

Southern states dominated 2023 gains

(Newser) - South Carolina and Florida were the two fastest-growing states in the US as the South dominated population gains in 2023, and the US growth rate ticked upward slightly from the depths of the pandemic due to a drop in deaths, according to estimates released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau...

Kim Jong Un Would Like Women to Have More Babies, Please

North Korean leader wants women to step up to stop nation's declining birth rate

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said it's the duty of women to halt a fall in the country's births in order to strengthen national power, state media said Monday, as his government steps up the call for its people to have more children. While getting a...

Census Bureau Says World Population Has Hit a Milestone

United Nations estimated 8B mark was hit last year

(Newser) - The human species has topped 8 billion, with longer lifespans offsetting fewer births, but world population growth continues a long-term trend of slowing down, the US Census Bureau said Thursday. The bureau estimates the global population exceeded the threshold Sept. 26, a precise date the agency said to take with...

10 Fastest-Growing Places in the US
10 Fastest-Growing
Cities in the US

10 Fastest-Growing Cities in the US

Myrtle Beach leads the way, but Florida holds court

(Newser) - It may be primarily known as a vacation spot, but Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is also fast becoming a permanent destination for more people. The city ranks first in a US News & World Report ranking of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation. The city is relatively small compared...

The Lowest Fertility Rate in the World Just Got Lower

South Korea beats its own dismal record—again

(Newser) - South Korea has broken its own dismal record once more. The Asian nation has again notched the world's lowest fertility rate, reporting on Wednesday that data from 2022 shows Korean women bear an average 0.78 children over their lifetime, down from 0.81 the year prior. It marks...

Florida Is Growing Faster Than Any State

Census Bureau puts Florida back on top in yearly population growth, pushing out Idaho

(Newser) - Florida has supplanted Idaho as the nation's fastest-growing state, after a 1.9% population increase in the past year. The Census Bureau report restores Florida to the top spot for the first time since 1957, after being blocked for decades mostly by Nevada, Politico reports. Florida's population now...

World Population Just Hit a Milestone

It's estimated to top 8B for the first time on Tuesday

(Newser) - You are now one of 8 billion people on the planet, according to UN estimates. The organization calculates the world population will cross the 8 billion mark on Nov. 15, though it admits it could be off as counting every single person on the planet is nearly impossible. Regardless, the...

Detroit Sues Census Bureau: Data Is 'Divorced From Reality'

City says agency is undercounting its residents

(Newser) - Detroit sued the US Census Bureau on Tuesday over population estimates from last year that show the city lost an additional 7,100 residents, opening another front against the agency in a battle over how its people have been counted in the past two years. Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters...

A Demographic Shift Underway for Black Americans

The AP explores a movement from bigger cities to smaller ones

(Newser) - Brandon Manning and his wife were both born in the South and had been itching to return, but Manning didn't want to go back to his native Atlanta because of the traffic, housing costs, and sprawl. So, when he was offered a job teaching at Texas Christian University in...

Here's How Much the World Grew in the Past Year

By 74M people, according to US Census Bureau

(Newser) - The world’s population is projected to be 7.8 billion people on New Year’s Day 2022, according to the US Census Bureau. That represents an increase of 74 million people, or a 0.9% growth rate from New Year’s Day 2021, the AP reports. Starting in the...

US Records 'Stunning' Population Stat

Nation added fewer than 400K people, sees lowest growth rate in history

(Newser) - US population growth dipped to its lowest rate since the nation’s founding during the first year of the pandemic as the coronavirus curtailed immigration, delayed pregnancies, and killed hundreds of thousands of US residents, according to figures released Tuesday. The United States grew by only 0.1%, with an...

In Major Shift, China Will Let Couples Have 3 Kids
In Major Shift, China Will
Let Couples Have 3 Kids
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In Major Shift, China Will Let Couples Have 3 Kids

Government is trying to counter an aging population

(Newser) - Lifting the one-child policy wasn't enough. Now China is scrapping its two-child policy and allowing all couples to have three children. It's part of an effort to counter an aging population and a declining birth rate—what has been described as a "demographic time bomb" for the...

Demographers' Warning Is Coming to Pass

US population growth at second-slowest level ever

(Newser) - US population growth has slowed to the lowest rate since the Great Depression, the Census Bureau said Monday, as Americans continued their march to the South and West and one-time engines of growth, New York and California, lost political influence. Altogether, the US population rose to 331,449,281 last...

US Population Growth Rate Hits Lowest Point in a Century

Thanks to declining births, increasing deaths and more

(Newser) - The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths, and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released Monday by the US Census Bureau. The US grew from 2018 to 2019 by almost a half-percent,...

China's 'More Children' Policy Has Failed

But some couples are still being fined

(Newser) - Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China's leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children. In 1980 the notorious "one-child policy" came into effect, mandating often brutal punishments for violators ranging from forced abortions and sterilizations to fines and demotions. Fast-forward 35 years,...

5 Fastest Growing, Shrinking Cities in US

From the Villages in Florida to Pine Bluff, Arkansas

(Newser) - The US population grew by 16.4 million people between 2010 and 2017, but that 5.3% increase wasn't reflected in many US cities. While the fastest-growing cities—generally marked by higher incomes and lower personal income tax rates than the national average—saw populations balloon by more than...

Get Ready to Golf in the Fastest-Growing City in America

The courses must be hopping in The Villages, Fla.

(Newser) - The US population as a whole may not be spiking, but in certain cities, there's been "explosive growth." That's per 24/7 Wall St. , which examined seven years' worth of recent data from the US Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program to unearth the fastest-growing city in...

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