US population measures depend on how many immigrants you count

December 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

It could be as high as 312.7 million and as low as 305.7 million, depending on the number of immigrants in the US, according to Census Bureau estimates. The 5 estimates — based on Census records such as births, deaths and immigration — come about 3 weeks before the official 2010 Census numbers are released and raise the possibility that the nation has fewer people than had been estimated. It’s the first time the agency has put out 5 wide-ranging estimates — a reflection of the churn in immigration patterns this decade caused by the recession and crackdowns on illegal immigrants. “Immigration is the key,” says John Long, who headed the Census population division in 2000. For the first time, the estimates include information on Hispanics under the age of 20. On April 1, Hispanics represented 22-25% of the U.S. population under age 20, compared with 17% in 2000. Hispanic young people accounted for all the growth in the youth population since 2000. The US population is becoming more diverse from youngest to oldest and Hispanics are the driving force behind this youth diversity. (USA Today)

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