U.S Population Growth Rate in Decline – currently 0.7% annual growth

According to the US Census Bureau there is one birth every 8 seconds, one death every 12 seconds, one international migrant (net) every 33 seconds, and a net gain of one person every 12 seconds in the United States.

Despite these statistics, the population growth rate in the U.S. has been on the decline for years. It hovered around 1.2% in the 1990’s, 1% in the early 2000’s and has been just over 0.7% since 2010. This slowing trend is expected to continue.

What are Recent U.S. Immigration Statistics?

It goes without saying that the United States is a nation of immigrants. With the exception of indigenous native populations, most of us can claim an ancestry (distant or otherwise) derived from the passage of one group of people via land, ocean, or (in recent cases) air. Even so, every stage of our nation’s history has been fraught with difficult, and often controversial, decisions about immigration policy (Who should be admitted?

Refugee Crisis - A Teachable Moment on Population and Migration

The migration of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa to Europe is a news story that provides a teachable moment for social studies classrooms this fall. Not since World War II has there been such an enormous migration of refugees, people displaced from their homes due to civil strife. There are many ways to approach classroom exploration and discussion on this evolving story, including:

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