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US population time bomb muddles economic race with China

New census reveals headwinds from slowing immigration and aging

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.

The U.S. population increased to more than 331 million in 2020, growing 7.4% from 10 years earlier, for the lowest recorded rise since 1940, according to the data released by the Census Bureau on Monday. 

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