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Spain population shrinks amid crisis

Spain's population fell in 2012 for the first time in decades, as immigrants left the country amid a major economic crisis, official figures show.


Census shows record 1 in 3 US counties are dying

A record number of U.S. counties - more than 1 in 3 - are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.


As U.S. birth rate drops, concern for the future mounts


Will birth rates bounce back when the economy fully recovers?


U.S. population to top 315M on New Year's Day

U.S. Population

The U.S. population is projected to increase to 315,091,138 on Jan. 1, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Thursday. That represents a one-year increase of 2,272,462, or 0.73%, and a jump of 6.34 million, or just over 2%, since the last census was taken in 2010.


World’s Population Living Longer, New Report Suggests

More people worldwide are living into old age, but the gains in the United States were much smaller, according to a new study.


Chinese think tank urges end to one-child policy

A Chinese government think tank is urging the country's leaders to start phasing out its one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy....


Recession contraception: US birth rate down for 4th year

U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.


Philippines takes on Catholic church over birth control

Philippine President Benigno Aquino is squaring off against his country's powerful Catholic church in a bid to give people free access to the means to limit the size of their families. The predominately Catholic country has one of Asia's fastest-growing populations together with significant levels of chronic poverty. While neighbors have accelerated towards prosperity, the Philippines has lagged.


U.S. population in cities growing faster than in suburbs


New census data show that cities grew by 1.1% from 2010 to 2011, while suburbs grew by 0.9%, as the economic downturn accelerated urban expansion. Since the advent of the automobile in the 1920s, America's suburbs have been growing faster than cities as people fled urban life for quieter, less-crowded expanses.


In Nigeria, a Preview of an Overcrowded Planet


With earth’s population headed for 10 billion, much of the growth is in sub-Saharan Africa, where trends that have lowered birthrates elsewhere have not yet caught on.


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