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Republican: Population in lower Pioneer Valley expected to fall as people age

The Republican 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 through 2030, finding that the state’s overall population will grow nominally, but several regions, including the Pioneer Valley will experience decreased numbers.

The population of the Lower Pioneer Valley, which includes Springfield, all of Hampden and Hampshire counties as well as Sunderland in Franklin County, is projected to decline by 4.6 percent from 604,304 in 2010 to 576,544 by the year 2030, according to projections.

Susan Strate, manager of the Institute's Population Estimates Program that completed the study was quoted throughout the article. "The implications are statewide and nationwide," she said.

Read article: Population in Lower Pioneer Valley expected to fall as people age, according to UMass' Donahue Institute

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