Population Growth at Slowest Rate since 1940s, Census Bureau Says

December 21, 2011 Updated Dec 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM EDT

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Population Growth at Slowest Rate since 1940s, Census Bureau Says

December 21, 2011 Updated Dec 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM EDT

According to a news release issued Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, population estimates since the 2010 Census show the lowest level of growth since the 1940s.

According to the news release, the U.S. saw its population increase by 2.8 million to 311.6 million over a 15-month period from April 2010 to July 2011. Its growth rate of 0.92 percent during that span was the lowest since the mid-1940s.

 “The nation's overall growth rate is now at its lowest point since before the baby boom,” Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said.

Read the Census Bureau news release HERE.