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US population time bomb muddles economic race with China

New census reveals headwinds from slowing immigration and aging

Pedestrians walk along Market Street in Philadelphia: the coronavirus pandemic is expected to exacerbate demographic woes in the U.S.   © AP

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. marked its slowest population growth since the Great Depression over the last decade, highlighting the demographic challenge the country will face in its rivalry with China as its citizens become older and less diverse.

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