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19 Metros That Will Hit 1 Million By 2042

A new report predicts that more than half of America will live in a metro area with a million people or more by 2042.

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Over the next 30 years, 19 metropolitan areas in America will pass the one million population threshold, according to a new report [PDF] from IHS Global Insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. By 2042, 70 metros will be members of the million-plus club. These will account for nearly 213 million people in 2042, more than half of the Census Bureau's estimated 2040 population [PDF] of roughly 392 million.

Here's a list, ranked by the percent of growth they're expected to hit in the next three decades.

Metropolitan Area 2012 Population 2042 Population Percentage Change 2012-2042
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida 641,700 1,305,000 103.4%
Provo-Orem, Utah 553,300 1,096,300 98.1%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas 819,600 1,609,200 96.3%
Boise City-Nampa, Idaho 639,300 1,139,400 78.2%
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida 716,700 1,159,000 61.7%
Stockton, California 706,500 1,077,200 52.5
Bakersfield-Delano, California 863,700 1,296,200 50.1%
Colorado Springs, Colorado 647,100 1,007,100 49.4%
Tucson, Arizona 998,900 1,474,800 47.6%
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina 698,200 1,014,300 45.3%
Albuquerque, New Mexico 909,400 1,300,100 43%
Knoxville, Tennessee 711,000 1,012,700 42.4%
El Paso, Texas 839,500 1,181,800 40.8%
Columbia, South Carolina 786,600 1,105,300 40.5%
Fresno, California 955,200 1,311,600 37.3%
Omaha, Nebraska-Council Bluffs, Iowa 888,000 1,167,400 31.5%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California 840,100 1,098,000 30.7%
Tulsa, Oklahoma 956,600 1,249,800 30.6%
Honolulu, Hawaii 973,300 1,167,400 20%


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About the Author

  • Nate Berg is a freelance reporter and a former staff writer for CityLab. He lives in Los Angeles.