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May 4, 2021 24 min

The latest census revealed that the United States had seen the second-slowest decade of population growth since 1790, when the count began.

The country may be entering an era of substantially lower population growth, demographers said.

How could this redefine the nation’s future?

Guest: Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent covering demographics for The New York Times. 

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Background reading: 

  • The numbers, the product of the most embattled census process in decades, underlined the long-running trend of population gains in the South and West.
  • Here is a roundup of what you need to know about the census results.
  • For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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