Population growth in Massachusetts continues to lag the rest of the nation. That means that the upcoming census will be critical for the future of Bay State politics. No entity knows this more than the Democratic Party which will find ways to avoid losing a Congressional seat after the 2010 census. While the implications for the ‘center-right’ folks (who are still around) are unclear, the news is bad for the Democrats.
Massachusetts’ largest metropolitan areas added roughly 31,000 resident last year, however nearly all of that growth occurred in and around Boston proper, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
All of the commonwealth’s cities covered in the Census Bureau report trailed national averages, in terms of population growth in 2008.
Indeed, the metro-statistical areas of Barnstable (population 221,049) and Pittsfield (129,395) actually saw their populations shrink in 2008, while the Worcester (783,806) and Springfield (687,558) areas were relatively flat, combining to add 2,280 residents for the year, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau.
The Boston metro area, which includes surrounding communities such as Cambridge, Quincy and parts of southern New Hampshire, added 30,520 residents last year, ranking it 23rd in residents added among the 363 metro areas analyzed by the Census Bureau.
Were it not for near-phenomenal growth in New Hampshire, Metropolitan Boston would find itself below the national average. Southern New Hampshire is part of the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area as measured by the U.S. Census.
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