U.S. Population 1850-2060

Continuing with our data series, this graph shows how the U.S. population has grown over the last 150 plus years. What doesn’t jump off the page is the rate of growth which was quite high relative to the size of the population prior to 1925.

To put it in context, the population growth rate in America from 1926 until now has been at or below 1 percent most years except for those between 1946 through 1964, aka the Baby Boom.

But from 1850 through 1925, apart from the Spanish Flu year of 1918, the annual population growth was near or even over 2 percent, which is remarkable. Actually, in the early years shown on the far left side, which I only break down by decade, the population increases each year were from 2 to 3 percent.

Much of the growth was from immigration, which is mainly a story for another day, except for the fact that most immigrants to America ended up living in the cities. Thus the period from 1850 to 1930 was one of growth as well as urbanization. And because the overall quality of life in cities was not so great back then, it was also a period of plentiful death.

As noted in a previous post, we don’t have accurate death totals from that part of American history, but we can do an interesting statistical experiment using the death rate from that early period, in a future graph.

For now, here is a graph of the U.S. population from 1850-2060, with the portion after 2017, obviously, projected, and below it are the data by year.

U.S. Population, 1850-2016 actual, 2017-2060 projected.
Year Population
1850 23,191,876
1860 31,442,321
1870 38,558,371
1880 50,155,783
1890 62,947,714
1900 76,094,134
1901 77,585,128
1902 79,160,196
1903 80,632,152
1904 82,164,974
1905 83,819,666
1906 85,436,556
1907 87,000,271
1908 88,708,976
1909 90,491,525
1910 92,406,536
1911 93,867,814
1912 95,331,300
1913 97,226,814
1914 99,117,567
1915 100,549,013
1916 101,965,984
1917 103,265,913
1918 103,202,801
1919 104,512,110
1920 106,466,420
1921 108,541,489
1922 110,054,778
1923 111,949,945
1924 114,113,463
1925 115,831,963
1926 117,399,225
1927 119,038,062
1928 120,501,115
1929 121,769,939
1930 123,076,741
1931 124,039,648
1932 124,840,471
1933 125,578,763
1934 126,373,773
1935 127,250,232
1936 128,053,180
1937 128,824,829
1938 129,824,939
1939 130,879,718
1940 131,669,275
1941 133,121,000
1942 133,920,000
1943 134,245,000
1944 132,885,000
1945 132,481,000
1946 140,054,000
1947 143,446,000
1948 146,093,000
1949 148,665,000
1950 150,697,361
1951 153,310,000
1952 155,687,000
1953 158,242,000
1954 161,164,000
1955 164,308,000
1956 167,306,000
1957 170,371,000
1958 173,320,000
1959 176,513,000
1960 179,323,175
1961 182,992,000
1962 185,771,000
1963 188,483,000
1964 191,141,000
1965 193,526,000
1966 195,576,000
1967 197,457,000
1968 199,399,000
1969 201,385,000
1970 203,211,926
1971 206,827,000
1972 209,284,000
1973 211,357,000
1974 213,342,000
1975 215,465,000
1976 217,563,000
1977 219,760,000
1978 222,095,000
1979 224,567,000
1980 226,545,805
1981 229,466,000
1982 231,664,000
1983 233,792,000
1984 235,825,000
1985 237,924,000
1986 240,133,000
1987 242,289,000
1988 244,499,000
1989 246,819,000
1990 249,622,814
1991 252,980,941
1992 256,514,224
1993 259,918,588
1994 263,125,821
1995 266,278,393
1996 269,394,284
1997 272,357,160
1998 275,854,104
1999 279,040,168
2000 281,421,906
2001 284,968,955
2002 287,625,193
2003 290,107,933
2004 292,805,298
2005 295,516,599
2006 298,379,912
2007 301,231,207
2008 304,093,966
2009 306,771,529
2010 308,745,538
2011 311,591,917
2012 313,914,040
2013 316,128,839
2014 318,857,056
2015 321,418,820
2016 323,127,513
2017 325,719,178
2018 328,033,240
2019 331,883,986
2020 334,503,458
2021 337,108,968
2022 339,698,079
2023 342,267,302
2024 344,814,299
2025 347,334,912
2026 349,825,585
2027 352,281,475
2028 354,698,370
2029 357,072,830
2030 359,402,194
2031 361,684,740
2032 363,919,527
2033 366,106,294
2034 368,245,560
2035 370,338,137
2036 372,389,679
2037 374,401,359
2038 376,375,103
2039 378,313,410
2040 380,219,202
2041 382,096,402
2042 383,948,648
2043 385,779,465
2044 387,593,232
2045 389,394,178
2046 391,186,552
2047 392,972,619
2048 394,755,870
2049 396,540,072
2050 398,328,349
2051 400,123,782
2052 401,928,705
2053 403,744,486
2054 405,572,155
2055 407,412,129
2056 409,264,954
2057 411,130,259
2058 413,007,559
2059 414,896,215
2060 416,794,610

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