Originally Posted by Greenville
For one, I think GSA will be combined into an MSA again as it was for the 2000 Census when it had a population of 962,000.
That's kind of hard to say. In 10 years, the Census Bureau might have redefined what it means to be an MSA/CSA again, so who knows? Right now, you've got the Bay Area in California broken up into several MSAs, but Dallas-Fort Worth is all one MSA. Whatever the scenario will be in 10 years, there will still be a designation for the overall Upstate region.
My population prediction for the region in 10 years will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.4 million to 1.5 million, pretty much approaching the present-day population of the NC Triad (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point). There will be more sprawl for sure, but hopefully the three central cities of the Upstate will also have stronger, more developed urban cores as well. I-85 will certainly become even more congested.