While the nation has grown by 2.4 percent since April 2010, Pennsylvania's population grew by a little more than one-half percent, according to state and regional estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday.
The annual population report, which measured growth from the last Census report through July 1, pegged the U.S. population at more than 316.1 million. That was up from a base of more than 308.7 million.
By comparison, Pennsylvania’s population rose to nearly 12.8 million from about 12.7 million in 2010.
The slow growth was consistent with the Northeast, which grew by 1.1 percent to 55.9 million from about 55.3 million, according to the Census.
The South and the West grew by 3.3 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively, while the Midwest population increased by just 0.9 percent.
The Census is projecting the U.S. population to be about 317.3 million on New Year’s Day. That represents an increase of more than 2.2 million, or 0.7 percent, from New Year’s Day 2013.
County and metropolitan area data will be released in March, according to the Census.