Population Growth

A new study projects continued slow population growth for Massachusetts for the next 20 years. Some parts of western Massachusetts could see population declines according to this forecast.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Susan Strate, manager of the Population Estimates Program at the UMass Donahue Institute.

America's population is increasing a bit faster thanks to an improving economy, but not enough to lift growth above its lowest level since the Great Depression. But two state in the region saw declines.

New 2012 census estimates offer the latest snapshot of the U.S. population. As a whole, the population grew by 2.3 million, reaching 313.9 million people. That growth of 0.75 percent was higher than 2011, ending five years of slowing growth rates.