Immigration and declines in death cause uptick in US population growth this year

The Miami skyline is viewed from the Rickenbacker Causeway in South Florida, Dec. 15, 2023. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Immigration powered population gains in the United States for a second year in a row and — coupled with a drop in the number of deaths from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic — caused an uptick in the U.S. growth rate in 2023, according to estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.