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Old 06-03-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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bizjournals: Projected population of 250 U.S. metros (http://www.bizjournals.com/specials/pages/257.html - broken link)

think the projection is accurate for your city?
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Detroit is projected to shrink between 2015 and 2020? Seems strange that they can predict growth, a plateau and decline.

Overall it seems very reasonable. Houston, Atlanta and other sunbelt cities are growing very fast. But then again, who knows what will happen.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:37 PM
 
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Good to see some fresh figures on this, if they are indeed fresh, I can't really tell. Philadelphia seems to lose a bunch in ranking, and Atlanta, Phoenix, and Las Vegas seem to gain. But I wonder, was this estimate made before the foreclosure crisis? If so, Phoenix and Vegas may not do so well. Or, maybe they will if buyers bombard those markets looking for bargains.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Seattle increasing by nearly a million people? Portland increasing by almost 800,000? Ugh. I sure hope not.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:09 AM
 
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I think the projections are off for several cities, Durham, N.C. (low), San Antonio (low), Jacksonville, Fl (High), Las Vegas (high), Beaumont, TX (low), Sacramento, Ca (high), and New Orleans (low) to name a few. My reasoning, for a few follow:
1. Durham, N.C. Raleigh, N.C., the number one growth area, is partially in Durham County. Durham experiences moderate growth, over 15 years, while Raleigh explodes, due to their proximity I just do not see it.
2. San Antonio San Antonio has the lowest unemployment of any major Texas metro. The BRAC, River North, Rackspace, UTSA and Texas A&M San Antonio, and the city’s financial, cyber security and biomedical sectors are a few strong points for San Antonio. The Proximity to Austin, the number 5 growth area, should also help San Antonio.
3. Beaumont, TX This area is adding new refineries and expanding older ones, meaning more jobs. It is very close to Houston, another high growth area, yet it is projected to lose 9% of its population.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Seattle increasing by nearly a million people? Portland increasing by almost 800,000? Ugh. I sure hope not.
do you think thats too much or too little of an increase?
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:20 AM
 
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Oh, I will take the over-under here. If the poster is from Seattle, he probably, (most likely) does not want another million in his metro. I will disagree. As a Seattle native, the reason why Seattle has grown into an international city is becuase it has attracted others from around the US, and the World for that matter. There still is a minority who want to put up the fence, but they don't understand that their livlihoods are dependent on people moving to the area, increasing commece, and increasing their quality of life. These isolationists are just plain wrong, and if they had their way, Seattle would become a backwater city within the next decade. Wake up, Seattle. You are a major city. You need investment from outside of your provincial backyard. Dont like it? Move to Spokane or Boise.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I was a bit surprised that they only thought Houma, Louisiana would only add 5,000 people over 20 years. Unless they are predicting exaclty when oil will run out....because right now, Houma is on fire with growth.

Also, their predictions for New Orleans are odd. Katrina took about 200,000 out of the metro area...but as we can see now, they are trickling back in--one by one. I don't see New Orleans having negative growth for a good while after Katrina. It may not reach the pre-Katrina number, but it certainly will not continue to shrink.

It predicts that Baton Rouge, my metro, will add 210,000 new residents. I certainly hope they calculated this one correctly. That would put us 56,000 shy of the one million mark. I can see the festivities already. Maybe by 2030. Of course, I won't be able to enjoy it. I'll be 84 by then.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:33 AM
 
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No surprise the Tampa Bay area will keep growing
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:33 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I wonder if this was done before or after the big housing fiasco? And if that even has a long term impact?
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