Study: Mass. to experience slow population growthAP , Associated Press
Dec. 4, 2013 6:43 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is expected to experience slow population growth in coming years.
A new report by the UMass Donahue Institute forecasts a 4.4 percent increase in the population from 2010 to 2030.
That would add about 290,000 people to the state, bringing total population to more than 6.8 million.
The study estimates the population aged 65 and over will grow by over half a million, increasing from 14 percent of the population in 2010 to 21 percent by 2030.
Over the same period, the population aged 19 and under is expected to fall from 25 percent to 22 percent.
While some areas like greater Boston and MetroWest are predicted to grow faster than the average, regions in Western Massachusetts are expected to remain level or lose population.
The study was conducted with support from state Secretary William Galvin's office.