The U.S. Census Bureau released estimates of the total population as of July 1, 2021 at the county level. Population estimates are calculated using administrative records to estimate components of population change such as births, deaths, and migration.
In 2021, fewer births, an aging population, and increased mortality – intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic – contributed to a rise in natural decrease. The statistics released today include population estimates and components of change metropolitan statistical areas, micropolitan statistical areas, and counties.
Thirty-six counties experienced population decline from 2020 to 2021. Click here to read more.