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How can that be? Birth rates have declined significantly.

The WW2 generational large families; thus resulting in the Baby Boomer generation that is 3.5 times the size of the WW2 generation*. The reduced birth rates have resulted in succeeding generations roughly the same size as the Baby Boomer generation. Americans have been replacing themselves. Adding in immigration the US population is rising a smidgeon.

I've included 2 link to articles about US stagnating population.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2018/12/21/us-popu...

https://www.brookings.edu/research/what-the-2020-census-will...

US population pyramid:
https://www.populationpyramid.net/united-states-of-america/2...

China population pyramid:
https://www.populationpyramid.net/china/2020/

Italy population pyramid:
https://www.populationpyramid.net/italy/2020/

*https://www.statista.com/statistics/797321/us-population-by-...
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