Issue Brief 12-45
December 31, 2012

On December 20, 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau released resident state population estimates for July 2012. The new data identify population shifts and affect certain grant-in-aid and other formulas. Overall, the U.S. population continues to grow at less than 1% per year. Population growth during the year ranged from -0.7% in Puerto Rico to 2.2% in North Dakota. In addition to Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and Vermont registered population declines.

This Issue Brief summarizes the new population estimates and calculates their effect on 2013 tax-exempt private-activity bond limitations and federal fiscal year (FY) 2014 Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) allocations.