MAPC on Greater Boston Population Growth

On March 29th, the Boston Globe interviewed Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Executive Director Marc Draisen on the slowing growth of the Boston region. Five large counties in Eastern Massachusetts added about 25,000 people in 2016, according to the Census Bureau, a number that fell for three consecutive years and is down by nearly half since 2013. Draisen said that housing costs are deterring young families and workers from the area and emphasized the importance of housing production. The area has plenty of apartments and condos but having more houses for sale in the inner suburbs would help keep millennials in the area. Boston also relies on immigrants for population growth and this president could have “a huge impact on [Boston’s] economy” if immigration is curtailed, according to Draisen.

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