A new report predicts that more than half of America will live in a metro area with a million people or more by 2042.
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%|
|Boise City-Nampa, Idaho||639,300||1,139,400||78.2%|
|North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida||716,700||1,159,000||61.7%|
|Colorado Springs, Colorado||647,100||1,007,100||49.4%|
|Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina||698,200||1,014,300||45.3%|
|Albuquerque, New Mexico||909,400||1,300,100||43%|
|El Paso, Texas||839,500||1,181,800||40.8%|
|Columbia, South Carolina||786,600||1,105,300||40.5%|
|Omaha, Nebraska-Council Bluffs, Iowa||888,000||1,167,400||31.5%|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California||840,100||1,098,000||30.7%|
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