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The U.S. Is Much Less Crowded Than Previously Thought

BLS cites lower net migration than earlier estimates.

Fewer people than we used to think are coming to — and staying in — the United States.

That's according to the latest annual Census Bureau population estimates published this morning along with the non-farm payrolls data. The sudden drop in population, clear in this chart, is a reversal of a steady trend and can be partly attributed to a change in emigration estimates. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics explained it further:

The annual revision for 2017 shows the largest drop in the non-institutional population in data going back to 1947. 'Non-institutional' refers to people over 16 who are not confined to a prison or other institution or serving in the Armed Forces.

 

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