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Boston Globe: State population growth is forecast to slow

The Boston Globe featured an article highlighting the findings of a recent population study released by the UMass Donahue Institute. The study looked at population projections for every town and municipality in Massachusetts over the next two decades, finding that the state’s overall population will grow dramatically older by 2030, when 1 in 5 residents will be aged 65 and older.

The Bay State’s population is expected to grow much more slowly than the rest of the nation during that period, threatening to dilute further the Bay State’s political clout in Washington. While the country as a whole is expected to grow by 15.6 percent, the study pegs the state population growth at 4.4 percent between 2010 and 2030.

Massachusetts is expected to add nearly 291,000 residents over the 20-year window, bringing its headcount to 6,838,254. The vast majority of that growth is projected to come by 2020. Greater Boston, the western suburbs, and central regions are expected to add residents, while the lower Pioneer Valley is projected to contract, and the Franklin and Berkshire regions are on pace to register barely detectable growth.

The Worcester Business Journal, the Providence Business Journal, WAMC radio, Boston Herald, The Sun Chronicle, THe Patriot Ledger, Hampshire Gazette and other media outlets covered this announcement.

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