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Sunbelt to Keep Sizzling

Cities across the South and West — the Sunbelt — will continue to grow at a much faster clip over the next 30 years than the older metropolitan areas in the Northeast and Midwest. Some cities — Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Miami and Orlando — are projected to expand by 50 percent or more between now and 2042. Meanwhile, growth will be sluggish in Boston and New York, and appears to be tapering off in tax-challenged California.

Here’s a video illustrating the projections, gleaned fromĀ Global Insight’s report to the United States Conference of Mayors and The Council on Metro Economies and the New American City. If the projections are correct, the top 10 US metropolitan areas in population come 2042 will be:

1. New York, 20.7 million
2. Los Angeles 14.7 million
3. Chicago, 11.1 million
4. Dallas, 11 million
5. Houston, 10.2 million
6. Atlanta, 9.1 million
7. Miami, 8.6 million
8. Phoenix, 8.2 million
9. Washington, 7.9 million
10. Philadelphia, 6.6 million

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